Gamma Linolenic Acid

Fatty acid found primarily in seed oils. GLA is found in the seeds and oils of a range of plants including Hemp Seed Oil, Onagraceae (evening primrose), Saxifragaceae (borage), and Rubaceae (blackcurrant). The richest source of GLA is borage (Borago officinalis).

Food sources: oats, barley, spirulina, and hemp seeds.

GLA has been studied clinically for a wide variety of conditions, including asthma, dermatitis, and arthritis. Oral doses in trials have ranged from as little as 0.5 to 3 g per day.

Not to be used by pregnant women and nursing mothers (especially Borage!)

Avoid GLA is you have pre-existing diarrhea or any condition characterized by chronic diarrhea.

Gamma-linolenic acid is known to slow blood clotting and may amplify the effects of blood thinners.


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