Gamma Linolenic Acid. In healthy people, the body converts GLA from linoleic acid (LA), the most abundant n6 fatty acid in average western diet. GLA is the precursor for arachadonic acid, dihomogamma linolenic acid (DGLA) and of certain prostaglandins (PGE1) which in turn play important roles in maintaining health.
Gamma Linolenic Acid. A healthy body may derive some of the fatty acid GLA from dietary Linoleic Acid. The richest natural source of GLA is borage (also known as starflower) oil. GLA is also found in black currant and evening primrose oils. The body uses GLA to produce eicosanoids that are highly anti-inflammatory, dilate blood vessels, and reduce blood clotting. GLA is popularly used by women suffering from PMS. However, GLA has been clinically indicated to have therapeutic benefits in many other health conditions including: rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetic neuropathy, cancer, and skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. The body definitely needs GLA and most North Americans are likely not getting enough of it.