Omega-9 fatty acids are from a family of unsaturated fats that commonly are found in vegetable oils, including Soy oil. This monounsaturated fat is described as omega-9 because the double bond is in the ninth position from the omega end. These fatty acids are also known has oleic acids or monounsaturated fats. Unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, omega-9 fatty acids are produced by the body, but are also beneficial when they are obtained in food.
Oleic acid reduces key factors that contribute to heart disease and diabetes. Research has shown that omega-9 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Because omega-9 fatty acids have been shown to increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol and decrease LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, they help eliminate plaque buildup in the arteries, which causes heart attack and stroke.