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Linolenic acid
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What is gamma-linolenic acid?

Linolenic acid (or gamma-linolenic acid - GLA) is an essential omega 6 fatty acid. It is found predominantly in plant sources.

Foods with the highest source of Linolenic acid are:

Linolenic acid (GLA) must be obtained in the diet, as the body cannot produce this essential fatty acid.


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Important gamma-linolenic acid facts

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Why gamma-linolenic acid is important

Gamma-linolenic acid's anti-inflammatory properties may be a reason why research has shown that it is useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Other research shows that gamma-linolenic acid may be useful for treating other inflammatory disorders, such as ulcerative colitis.

Many women with PMS seem to benefit from supplementation of evening primrose oil - there has been research showing that the GLA reduces a lot of their symptoms.


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Last reviewed: 14 January 2007 || Last updated: 21 August 2007


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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