February 9, 2016

Alpha-Linolenic Acid

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What other names is Alpha-linolenic Acid known by?

Acide Alpha-Linolénique, Ácido Alfa Linolénico, Acide Gras Essentiel, ALA, Acide Linolénique, Acide Gras N3, Acide Gras Oméga 3, Acide Gras Polyinsaturé Oméga 3, Acide Gras Polyinsaturé N3, Essential Fatty Acid, Linolenic Acid, LNA, N-3 Fatty Acid, N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid, Omega 3, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid.

What is Alpha-linolenic Acid?

Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid, which means it is needed for normal human growth and development. Nuts such as walnuts are good sources of alpha-linolenic acid.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
  • Reducing the risk of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Reducing the risk of pneumonia.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis, lung infections in children, lupus, diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney disease, Crohn's disease, migraines, depression, skin diseases, preventing colds, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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