Researchers reveal that high levels of omega-6 fatty acids can protect people from premature death, according to a study conducted on March 19, 2018.
Among the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid is the most common one. Researchers observed that an increase in the level of linoleic acid in blood would decrease the risk of premature death. The beneficial effects of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids on level of blood cholesterol is known to everyone. However, this study shows that by promoting low-grade inflammation, the risk of various chronic diseases may be increased.
Data from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD) was used by the researchers for this research. 2,480 men between the ages of 42 and 60 were included in this study. On the basis of linoleic acid level in blood, participants were divided into five groups. It was found that risk of premature death was lower in people who had high level of linoleic acid in blood compared to the ones who had low level of blood linoleic acid. Although participants suffered from different diseases, the outcome obtained is very similar in all cases. They observed studies that were conducted earlier, which showed that high level of blood linoleic acid reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.
The level of linoleic acid in blood depends on an individual’s diet and foods that contain high content of linoleic acid include vegetable oil, plant-base spreads, nuts, and seeds. Large consumption of these foods is expected to increase the growth of global omega 3 ingredients market, as elaborated in the global omega 3 ingredients market report published by Coherent Market Insights.