An "essential fatty acids" which our body cannot synthesize thus, must be consumed in the diet. Needed for the production of eicosanoids, which help regulate blood-clotting, blood pressure, heart rate, immune response and a wide variety of other biological processes. •
Linolenic acid can be converted into eicosapentaonic acid (EPA) and decosahexanoic acid (DHA) - fatty acids which are precursors to anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic prostaglandins.
Technicals: Linolenic acid, or alpha-linolenic acid, is an 18-carbon polyunsaturated fatty acid, but it is classified as an "omega-3" or "n-3" fatty acid because its first double bond (of three) is at the third carbon from the omega end. It is also known as C18:3n3 (meaning 18 carbons, 3 double bonds, first double bond at the n-3 position).
Sources: Good dietary sources are flaxseed oil (51% linolenic acid), soy oil (7%), walnuts (7%) and canola oil (9%)
Signs or Symptoms of a Deficiency: Some Conditions Improved by ALA (Omega-3 Oil): High Cholesterol Levels, Prevention of Strokes and Heart Attacks, Angina,High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis and Eczema, Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Allergies, Asthma, Calmness Under Stress, Vitality.
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