Definitions for "Omega-6"
a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond six carbons from the beginning
Refers to the sixth carbon in the fatty acid molecule which the unsaturated, counting from the carbon terminal end. Omega-6 are found mainly in vegetable oils.
Omega 6 or Linoleic Acid (LA) - is the essential fatty acid in ample supply. Omega-6 (along with omega-3) belongs to a family of fats called essential fatty acids. These EFAs are found in polyunsaturated fats. According to experts, our current consumption of this fatty acid has doubled from what it was in 1940. Excess intake of omega 6 can cause increased water retention, raised blood pressure and raised blood clotting. By comparison, our intake of Omega-3 fatty acids has shrunk to one sixth of 1850 levels. We should REDUCE our consumption of Omega-6 fatty acids and INCREASE our consumption of omega-3 fatty acids (from Medterms).