Along with omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids are important to normal growth and development, as well as healthy brain function. Omega-6 stimulates skin and hair growth, maintains healthy bones and the reproductive system, and regulates metabolism. Omega-6 also has anti-inflammatory effects.
Omega-6 fats are found in soybeans, corn, sunflower and safflower oils, nuts and seeds, as well as meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. There are different types of omega-6 fatty acids, for example, gamma linolenic acid. Supplements are often used as sources of omega-6 fatty acids, including evening primrose, black currant, and borage.
How To Use Omega 6
The Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends taking a daily dose of 17 grams of omega-6 for adult men and 12 grams for adult women.