GLA by Lorna Vanderhaeghe
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid produced in the body from linoleic acid (LA), an essential fatty acid. Although evening primrose oil is the most wellknown source of GLA, GLA is sourced from organic borage oil, because borage contains 2-3 times more GLA than evening primrose oil. This means that each capsule is more cost effective, and fewer capsules need to be consumed in order to get the same amount of GLA.
What does GLA do?
Although a large imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is thought to cause inflammation, supplementation with GLA has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. One study found that GLA reduced inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and GLA has been traditionally used for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. Secondary Uses: GLA has also been demonstrated to improve post-viral fatigue syndrome, mastalgia, diabetic neuropathy, and is thought to provide support for symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Who should take GLA?
GLA is most beneficial for those looking for a healthy, organic source of supplemental essential omega-6 fatty acids and for those who have been prescribed evening primrose oil. It may also benefit those with rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.
- Inflammation, swelling and pain;
- Pressure in joints, blood vessels;
- Water retention;
- Allergic response;
- Nerve transmission;
- Vascular health;
- Medicinal: Gamma linolenic acid (GLA): 500 mg.
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