omega-9 fatty acid

Characteristics

  • monounsaturated fat
  • oleic acid --> converts to:
  • mead acid &
  • erucic acid
  • non-essential fatty acid

Benefits

  • anti-inflammatory, antioxidant,
  • anti-clotting, antibacterial properties
  • strengthens the immune system
  • lowers cholesterol levels
  • decreases hardening of the arteries

Sources

  • olive oil, sesame oil
  • olives
  • avocados
  • almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachio nuts, 
  • animal fats

Omega-9 is non-essential because it can be made from other unsaturated fats in the body.  Omega-9 is usually abundant in our diets and can temporarily satisfy omega-3 or omega-6 deficiencies.  However, this is short-term, and eventually the body will suffer from an omega-3 and/or omega-6 shortage.  There is no need to specifically seek out omega-9, rather focus on your essential fatty acids, and your omega-9 levels will be fine.

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