GLA is gamma linolenic acid, an essential omega-6 fatty acid found in certain plant oils. GLA is a precursor for prostaglandin-1, an important cellular signaling molecule with a number of beneficial effects. GLA’s ability to modulate the balance of cellular signaling molecules is useful in many ways. It reduces excessive inflammation, relieves pressure in joints and blood vessels, and reduces allergic responses.
Benefits for Many Conditions
Unbalanced eicosanoids are involved in many symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. Clinical trials have found that GLA supplementation alleviates symptoms of PMS, particularly depression. It is also effective for mastalgia. Studies using GLA have found improvements in patients with diabetic neuropathy. Clinical trials have also found that GLA can reduce the signs and symptoms of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and can help alleviate symptoms of atopic dermatitis.
A Multitasking Fatty Acid
GLA’s effects are beneficial in a wide variety of health conditions. AOR’s GLA-240 is an extract from the seed pods of borage. It is a safe and well-tolerated supplement that helps regulate inflammation and reduce the symptoms of a number of disorders.
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