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What is gamma-linolenic acid?

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid that helps protect bodily tissues, provide energy, maintain body temperature and insulate nerves. Our bodies convert GLA to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1, which regulates nerve functions. We typically only get it in the foods we eat, unless we take a supplement like black currant seeds or evening primrose oil.

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
In the omega-6 family, gamma linolenic acid (also known as GLA) is one of the all-stars. Well known as a stress-reducing nutrient, GLA is largely deficient in the standard American diet because it's a rarer oil, found in seed oils such as borage oil, evening primrose oil, black currant oil, and hemp oil.
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