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What is the difference between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids?

What is the difference between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids?

The structure: The difference is where the unsaturated chemical bond is in the "tail" of the fatty acid -- 3 positions away from the end (that's where OMEGA comes from -- last letter in the greek alphabet) or 6 positions away. The reason this matters is that biochemically, omega-3 fatty acids get turned into anti-inflammatory signaling compounds, while omega-6 fatty acids may get turned into proinflammatory ones ...Read more

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What is the difference between omega 3 fatty acids and coq10?

What is the difference between omega 3 fatty acids and coq10?

Different supplement: Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of "good" fat that is found in fatty fish e.g., salmon, etc. Coenzyme q10 is a supplement that is thought to help with muscle pain and/or weakness, especially in people on statin drugs like lipitor, (atorvastatin) zocor, etc. Since those drugs block the coq10 pathway and sometimes have muscle pains as a side effect. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the omega 3 fatty acids found in flax seed oil and fish oil?

What's the difference between the omega 3 fatty acids found in flax seed oil and fish oil?

Different fats: The fatty acid most commonly found in flax-seed oil is α-linolenic acid (ala, 18 carbons and 3 double bonds). In fish oil, they are eicosapentaenoic acid (epa, 20 carbons and 5 double bonds), docosahexaenoic acid (dha, 22 carbons and 6 double bonds). Ala converts to epa and dha, but in limited amounts. Best to get your epa and dha from actual wild salmon and your ala from flax. ...Read more

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Could you please describe how fatty acids are absorbed and transported?

Could you please describe how fatty acids are absorbed and transported?

Quite a process: Hi. Fats (triglycerides) are broken down in the intestines to fatty acids and monoglycerides, emulsified in bile acids, transported to gut wall, absorbed, re-esterified into triglycerides, packaged into chylomicron particles, transported in intestinal lymph to the blood, then circulate. Lipases break down the chylomicron triglycerides, and they're taken into cells. The chylo remnant goes to liver! ...Read more

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Why are trans fatty acids so bad?

Why are trans fatty acids so bad?

Heart Disease: Consuming trans fatty acids can increase your risk of developing heart disease. ...Read more

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Do coconuts have omega three fatty acids?

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is not an omega-3 fatty acid but contains medium-chain fatty acids. It is beneficial in many ways, differently than omega-3. ...Read more

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How can weight training release fatty acids?

How can weight training release fatty acids?

Storage.: If you work out long enough (more than 20 minutes), you deplete glycogen stores in muscle and start using ffa's as your bodies principal energy source. You convert more easily if on a low carb diet, since you burn ffa's all the time. This is one reason that exercise should last at least as long as 45 minutes per session! ...Read more

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What's omega three fatty acids and it's capsule good for??

What's omega three fatty acids and it's capsule good for??

Good fats: These are polyunsaturated fatty acids, of 3 kinds, found in plants and sea food. May help lipid profile and against heart attack and stoke. Large dose may cause bleeding stroke. Eating fish 2 times a week may help more ...Read more

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What are trans fatty acids and are they good / bad type of fat?

What are trans fatty acids and are they good / bad type of fat?

Common & very toxic: Most trans fats come from partially hydrogenated oils found in many processed & fried foods like french fries & donuts. Simply put, trans fats are highly toxic. They cause inflammation, raise cholesterol & may cause up to 100, 000 deaths in the us from heart disease each year. They also increase risk of alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, depression & infertility. See my comment for some links. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are omega3 and fatty acids used for?

Need expert help here. What are omega3 and fatty acids used for?

Not much: There is mounting evidence that they have little value in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. One study suggested an increased risk of prostate cancer in users. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if fatty acids actually cause you to be fatter?

Can you tell me if fatty acids actually cause you to be fatter?

Of course they do: They're the basis of fats, which are the nicest calories and the ones we tend to overeat the most. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are trans fatty acids manufactured?

Can you tell me how are trans fatty acids manufactured?

Transfats: Are human made by adding hydrogen atoms to vegetable oils. The process turns liquids into solids, such as in the case of margarine. Please avoid these at all costs. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Please tell me what types of dietary fatty acids raise HDL levels?

Please tell me what types of dietary fatty acids raise HDL levels?

Not the key: Data is contradictory, effects seem small, and it's impossible to do a prospective randomized study without confounding variables in people. Probably no single component of your diet will give you the HDL boost or the overall protection from atherosclerosis that sensible overall eating, avoiding smoking, managing hypertension, and especially being physically fit will provide for you. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the fatty acids in a newborn are slightly high?

What does it mean if the fatty acids in a newborn are slightly high?

Depends: Usually needs to be re-tested, and/or have further testing to make sure there are no metabolism disorders. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is omega 3s fatty acids good for me am just 17yrs old?

Please help docs! Is omega 3s fatty acids good for me am just 17yrs old?

I'm skeptical: I'm glad you're health-conscious. Despite the enormous promotion for three decades, the studies are contradictory and real evidence that these oils have any benefit to the heart is slim. The last three big studies were terrible disappointments. They're no substitute for eating sensibly, avoid smoking and unhealthy excesses, and intense aerobic fitness. ...Read more

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Can amino acids be used by the body to make glucose fatty acids?

Can amino acids be used by the body to make glucose fatty acids?

Your body wilk: Break down anything and everything it can into basic building blocks and then metabolize them for calories and energy, store them away or use them to manufacture something like carbohydrates, proteins, fats or anything and everything else. There's nothing special about Amino Acids - they're just building blocks that will be broken down like everything else. ...Read more

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What are omega-3 fatty acids?

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Essential to life: Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because they're necessary for our health, but our bodies can't make them. We have to eat them: fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut; other seafood including algae and krill; some plants; and nut oils. They're crucial in brain development, and are anti-inflammatory. Helpful in heart disease, depression, bipolar disorder, ra, and others. ...Read more

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Does flax seed offer epa and DHA fatty acids?

Mostly ALA: Dha and epa are found more in animal products like salmon. ...Read more

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What is the basis of our increased concern about saturated fats, cholesterol and trans-fatty acids?

What is the basis of our increased concern about saturated fats, cholesterol and trans-fatty acids?

Heart disease: Increasing intake of saturated fats/trans fats typically drives up the cholesterol and in particular the bad cholesterol (ldl/triglyceride) components. Elevated levels of these are associated with increased cardiovascular risk. The high caloric load typical for fatty foods also adversely affects cardiac health. ...Read more

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Fatty acids help clear triglycerides from circulating lipoproteins in the blood, can you tell me more about this?

Fatty acids help clear triglycerides from circulating lipoproteins in the blood, can you tell me more about this?

Not quite: Fatty acids (i.e., free or unesterified fatty acids) actually contribute to Insulin resistance and impair triglyceride (TG) clearance from lipoproteins. Lipase enzymes are what clear TGs from TG-rich lipoproteins (chylomicrons & VLDL). Fatty acids (aka soap) are kept at a low level in the circulation. Cells don't like high levels of unesterified fatty acids. ...Read more

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Are omega-3 fatty acids good for me?

Are omega-3 fatty acids good for me?

See details: A very good question and one that is not easily answered. The one major point is that supplemental omega 3s have no significant value in reducing risk of heart disease or cancers and may increase the risk of prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What is the function of omega-3 fatty acids?

Theory: In theory, they raise the good (HDL) cholesterol but that theory is being questioned because the data that support its benefit is weak. ...Read more

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How are omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids different?

Omega 3 vs Omega6: Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the body to maintain certain functions and to aid in keeping you healthy. Most sources of omega-6 fatty acids can be found in the food you eat in your daily diets, while omega-3 fatty acids may be taken as a supplement. ...Read more