Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I’m confused about omega-3 -6 and -9. Would any or all of these help with a weight problem?
A: EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) are fat compounds that are called essential because they each serve critical functions within the body; they are also critical because the human body cannot create them and must obtain it from food sources.
Omega-3, found in flax seed and cold-water fish oil, controls blood sugar by regulating the insulin sensitivity mechanism.
Omega-6 (GLA) found in evening primrose and borage seed oil activates brown fat cells, which are also essential for fat metabolism.
Omega-9 is really not an essential fatty acid. There are two sources of omega-9, oleic acid found in olive oil and erucic acid found in rapeseed and mustard seed oils. An ample supplementation of omega-3 and -6 will ensure your body can manufacture the omega-9.
These fatty acids combined are a good addition to a weight management protocol. They not only have specific functions for weight management—they are also precursors to many hormonal and cell structure components and thus have functions related to neurological systems.
Additionally, you may try improving your metabolism and losing weight with the Traditions of Tao “Abundant Energy” and “B-Slim” herbal formulas. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.