This form of omega-6 fatty acids may help you live longer.
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Increasing your consumption of the nutrient can reduce disease risk factors in a matter of weeks or months, Virtanen says. “However, because you can’t feel if your blood cholesterol profile is off or if you have increased inflammation in your body, you may not feel differently.”
There’s no official guideline, but the National Academies of Engineering, Science, and Medicine suggest men and women aim for 17 and 12 grams of linoleic acid per day, respectively. Get your dose from vegetable oils and unsalted nuts and seeds, Virtanen says, like sunflower oil (10 grams per tablespoon) and pine nuts (eight grams per ounce).