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You've probably heard the hype about getting enough omega-3 essential fatty acids into your system as a way to battle against chronic health conditions and increase your wellness. You're probably aware omega-6 fatty acids are also essential for optimal health. Omega-3s and omega-6s don't get produced by the body, so it's imperative we include them in our diets. Our bodies do produce omega-9 fatty acids, so the nutritional experts don't promote these fatty acids as much as the others. However, don't overlook omega-9; these monounsaturated fatty acids are the most commonly found fat in the cells and are an excellent source of oleic acid, which helps maintain the natural balance of the human body.

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1. Foods Rich in Omega-9 Fatty Acids

Omega-9s are found in both plant and animal products, but you'll get the most from seeds, nuts, and nut oils. Some of the highest sources of this wonderful fatty acid are avocado oil, sunflower seeds, Macadamia nuts, soybean oil, canola oil, and hazelnuts. Dieticians and doctors don't place a minimum requirement on omega-9s because our bodies already produce the fatty acid, but consuming more of them is linked to many health benefits.

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