GLA (Gamma linolenic acid)

Definition:GLA is an essential fatty acid found in plant sources. It belongs to the omega-6 variety and can be obtained from certain oils such as borage, flaxseed, etc. Americans are particularly at risk for GLA depletion in that sources of GLA are not typically consumed in our country.
Applications:Weight loss, high cholesterol, PMS, cardiovascular disease, nerve disease (multiple sclerosis) autoimmune disorders, natural blood thinner, alcoholism, breast cancer, immune dysfunction and arthritis.
Recommendations:Using GLA as an isolated compound does not have a long track record. If you take a fatty acid supplement that is comprised of certain oils like borage, you will automatically get GLA.

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