What is Gamma Linolenic Acid?
Gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, is an essential fatty acid that is found in certain vegetable oils, particularly borange oil and evening primrose oil. GLA is a member of the omega-6 family of fatty acids, rather than the omega-3 family. The average American consumes as much as 30 times the amount of omega-6 fatty acids as it does omega-3 fatty acids, though it is generally recommended to only consume approximately four times the amount of omega-6 over omega-3. Not all omega-6 fatty acids are the same, however, and while some, like GLA, are purported to be beneficial for reducing inflammation in the body, others are thought to exacerbate inflammatory problems. GLA, therefore, is a recommended supplement for reducing inflammation in a number of conditions.
What are the health benefits of Gamma Linolenic Acid?
As GLA is primarily used for its anti-inflammatory properties, it is used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, to regulate the immune-inflammatory response of eczema, and to regulate the inflammatory response of sinus problems. GLA is also used to treat asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis, and allergies.
It is thought that GLA is critical for brain development and function, maintaining proper skin health, maintaining vascular health, facilitating proper immune function, promoting fertility, and promoting normal physical development.
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