What Is GLA And Why Is It Soooo Good For You?

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Date: June 15, 2011 11:21 AM
Subject: What Is GLA And Why Is It Soooo Good For You?

What is GLA?

GLA is short for gamma linolenic acid, and it is also known as Omega-6 fatty acid. Some get confused between linolenic acid and linoleic acid, but your body uses linoleic acid to convert to gamma linolenic acid, and since that is the only way it can be biosynthesized, a supplement of GLA is necessary for your health if you are unable to convert linoleic acid into GLA.

For example, because diabetics cannot convert linoleic acid into linolenic acid, they will need to take a GLA supplement in order to maintain an adequate supply for their metabolism and biochemistry. The same is true of alcoholics, asthmatics, and those suffering cystic fibrosis or multiple sclerosis. An excellent source of GLA is evening primrose oil, and generally a capsule a day is sufficient for you.

GLA possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties and offers several other health benefits, many of them for women, particularly during PMS and menopause. Although it is a useful supplement, it should be taken in association with Omega-3 fish oils unless you get enough of these in your diet. A good ratio is about 4 parts GLA to 1 part Omega-3 (i.e. 4:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3), taking into consideration the respective quantities of these and linoleic acid (from which GLA can be biosynthesized) in your diet.

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