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Nutritional Supplements Library Gamma linolenic Acid

Nutritional Supplements Library

GLA (Gama linolenic acid)

What is GLA?

Gamma-Linolenic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that exists primarily in plant fats.GLA is a precursor of prostaglandin E1, which has a role in regulation of immune system function. It should not be confused with alpha-linolenic acid which is the omega-3 fatty acid found in flax seed. It is essential to human health but cannot be made in the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from food.GLA is found in primrose oil, blackcurrant seed oil, borage oil, hemp seed oil, fungal oils and spirulina. Each contains varying amounts of the fatty acid, with borage oil usually being the most heavily concentrated form. All are widely available in pharmacies, health food stores, or online shops.

What is the effective dosage of GLA supplementation?

For general health, there should be a balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids; the ratio should be in the range of 1:1 to 4:1. The effective dosage range from 500 to 1000 mg per day. Higher amount than this should be taken under doctor's supervision.

What are the benefits of GLA supplementation?

Research is ongoing but still researcher believes that GLA is useful in treating obesity, Osteoporosis, Menopausal Symptoms, Premenstrual Syndrome, Eczema, Allergies, Rheumatoid Arthritis, high blood pressure, allergies and cancer.

What are the side effects of GLA?

They are no documented side effects for GLA, it is safe in RDA.
Omega-6 supplements, including GLA and EPO, should not be used if you have a seizure disorder because there have been reports of these supplements inducing seizures. It is not recommended for pregnant or children, for them it is safer to get RDA(recommended daily allowance) from balance diet.Borage seed oil, and possibly other sources of GLA, should not be used during pregnancy because they may be harmful to the fetus and induce early labor.Doses of GLA greater than 3,000 mg per day should be avoided because, at that point, production of AA (rather than DGLA) may increase.