Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
I Elongase Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA)
Arachidonic acid cyclo-oxygenase (COX)
Prostaglandins & Thromboxanes (series 1)
Leucotrienes & Lipoxins (series 4)
Figure 4-A: Omega-6 oils are metabolized along pathways that lead to an increase in inflammation.
better. It's not the virus that makes the body feel achy, feverish, and fatigued; rather it's the inflammatory chemicals generated by the body in response to the attack. Eating too many N-6 fats can do the very same thing; it is just not as obvious.
It is this subtle, smoldering inflammation that eventually contributes to the diseases plaguing our society, including diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer. One study, in which a large number of cancer patients were examined, found that over 70 percent had one or more chronic diseases ten to seventeen years before they developed their cancer. The common
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