Gamma Linolenic Acid

Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid that is produced naturally in the body from the essential fatty acid linoleic acid. Gamma Linolenic Acid is also found in plant seed oils, including evening primrose, black currant seed, and borage oils. Gamma Linolenic Acid is a precursor to prostandins - hormone-like regulatory compounds that are involved in key body functions. Gamma Linolenic Acid may have anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, antithrombotic, and anticancer health benefits.

Research suggests that Gamma Linolenic Acid may relieve inflammation by its conversion within the body, to anti-inflammatory metabolites; including series-1 prostaglandins, series-3 prostaglandins, and eicosopentaenoic acid (EPA). Gamma Linolenic Acid and associated metabolites, primarily found in cell walls and membranes, may provide for important anti-thrombogenic, anti-therogenic, and anti-inflammatory actions.

Gamma Linolenic Acid
can also be converted to arachidonic acid, a precursor to the series-2 prostaglandins. These compounds are often referenced as ‘bad' prostaglandins, as they have been shown to promote inflammation and platelet aggregation. However, this ‘bad' series-2 prostaglandin conversion is limited, compared to the ‘good' series-1 and series-3 prostaglandin conversions. To obtain optimal series-1 and series-3 prostaglandin production, and it many associated health benefits, some experts recommend limiting dietary sources of arachidonic acid (primarily found in animal foods, saturated fat, hydrogenated oil products, and processed foods); while increasing the intake of beneficial fatty acids, such as Gamma Linolenic Acid.

Products Containing Gamma Linolenic Acid
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Attend $35.05
$0.58 60 Vaxa ADHD
Dermatin $34.95
$1.17 30 Progressive Health
Total EFA $18.99
$0.32 60 Health From The Sun


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