Current Atherosclerosis Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 441–446 | Cite as

Omega-6 fatty acids and coronary artery disease: The pros and cons

  • Gal Dubnov
  • Elliot M. Berry


Polyunsaturated fatty acids have long been recommended as a beneficial substitute for atherogenic saturated fat. The connection between dietary lipids and blood cholesterol is still under debate, as is the connection between dietary fat and coronary artery disease. Thus, the lipid hypothesis is still a hypothesis. The major dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid, linoleic acid of the omega-6 family, has several properties that render it hyperinsulinemic and atherogenic. The potential benefits of linoleic acid intake regarding coronary artery disease, and its possible harms, are discussed.


Coronary Artery Disease Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Dietary Fatty Acid Dietary Linolenic Acid Coronary Artery Disease Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gal Dubnov
    • 1
  • Elliot M. Berry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism, Braun School of Public HealthHebrew University-Hadassah Medical SchoolJerusalemIsrael

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