GLA is short for gamma-linolenic acid.
GLA is a fatty acid found primarily in vegetable oils.
Gamma-linolenic acid benefits
- GLA plays a role in healthy prostaglandin (PGE1) formation.
- It inhibits inflammatory factors.
- It promotes vascular as well as whole-body health.
GLA is an anti-inflammatory compound that is found in very small amounts in some leafy greens and nuts, while the pro-inflammatory fats linoleic acid and arachidonic acid are present in ample amounts in vegetable oils and chicken, and eggs and meat, respectively.
Chronic inflammation throughout the body contributes to numerous diseases.
Gamma-linolenic acid supplements
Supplementing with GLA may reduce chronic low-grade inflammation and provide benefits to patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, atopic dermatitis, and acute respiratory.