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Omega-6 Fats (gamma-linoleic acid)

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A type of omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is a healthy fat that can be used in the diet or as a supplement. GLA helps in the production of anti-inflammatory, hormone-like substances in the body which help keep the blood vessels open and reduce blood clotting.

Where do you find them? Sources of GLA include Evening Primrose oil and Borage oil- not something we usually take in the diet. A healthy body can use some of another omega-6 fatty acid called alpha-linoleic acid (found in margarines and sunflower oil) to produce GLA, but the reality is that many people do not produce enough GLA for their needs.

What to do? If you suffer from certain conditions such as heart disease, hormonal problems or attention deficit disorder, you may benefit from taking a GLA supplement along with an omega-3 supplement.

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