Gamma linolenic acid GLA
Although most people are familiar with the anti-inflammatory properties of GLA (gamma linolenic acid, or Omega-6 oil) the oil has a number of health benefits other than its use as an anti-inflammatory. Raynaud’s Disease, for example, is a condition that affects the blood flow to the extremities of the hands and feet. Recent investigations have shown that this condition can be helped by taking a supplement containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils.
GLA And Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis can be caused by a lack of Omega fatty acids, and a supplement can help maintain healthy bones and prevent this condition. GLA and EPA together can improve the absorption of calcium in your diet into your bones and improve the growth and strength of bone tissue. Diabetics are unable to convert linoleic acid into GLA, and so a supplement is essential for them. The same is true of those suffering multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis, and also asthmatics are unable to generate their own GLA from linoleic acid. The same applies to alcoholics who are still drinking.
GLA and PMS
In each of these cases above a supplement of GLA either with or without Omega-3 fatty acids will help the subject to get GLA into their diet and avoid the various conditions that can be caused by a deficiency such as extreme PMS symptoms, a reduction in wound healing and poor skin. That does not infer that a deficiency in GLA will necessarily cause these conditions, but it is possible and an adequate intake can help prevent them.
Get some GLA today and feel the difference!
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