February 11, 2016

Gamma Linolenic Acid

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What other names is Gamma Linolenic Acid known by?

Acide Gammalinolénique, Acide Gamma-Linolénique, Ácido Gama Linolénico, AGL, Gamolenic Acid, GLA, Gammalinolenic Acid, Gamma-Linolenic Acid, (Z,Z,Z)-Octadeca-6,9,12-trienoic acid.

What is Gamma Linolenic Acid?

Gamma linolenic acid is a fatty substance found in various plant seed oils such as borage oil and evening primrose oil. People use it as medicine.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  • Nerve problems due to diabetes (diabetic neuropathy).

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Allergic skin conditions (eczema).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Systemic sclerosis, a condition in which skin hardens.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Breast cancer, oral polyps, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and blood fat levels), heart disease, cancer prevention, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, hayfever, psoriasis, eczema, 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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