GLA stands for gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid. GLA belongs to the omega 6 category of fats – if you have been reading this column, you already know that Americans get too much omega 6 and not enough omega 3 and omega 9. GLA’s are the exception – we actually consume very little of them and with certain conditions supplementing GLA is extremely beneficial.
GLA is an important fatty acid for several reasons. It is anti-inflammatory; it is a hormone precursor; and it boosts metabolism. Supplemental sources of GLA are evening primrose, borage and black currant seed oil. I take a blend of the three because they each act a little differently in the body.
For its anti-inflammatory properties, GLA has been used successfully in rheumatoid arthritis. It is also helpful in chronic skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. GLA is also beneficial for those with cardiovascular disease because it reduces platelet aggregation and therefore clotting and also tends to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. GLA is also beneficial for allergies and asthma.
As a hormone precursor, GLA is excellent at reducing PMS symptoms and along with hot flashes and other menopausal issues – meaning it is a hormone balancer for all ages. GLA in the form of evening primrose or black currant seed oil is also very helpful at reducing symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease.
GLA works well with chronic immune disorders – especially those that are more common in women, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, and chronic fatigue. I think that part of GLA’s success with these conditions is its hormone balancing effect combined with its anti-inflammatory properties. GLA is also helpful with multiple sclerosis.
GLA is known for its metabolism-boosting, fat-burning properties. GLA activates the fat that is insulation and padding for our organs, glands, and skeletal structure and actually increases metabolism helping us to burn – rather than store fat. GLA also improves insulin sensitivity and helps curb appetite.
I like recommending supplements such as evening primrose oil or GLA blends for certain kinds of conditions because they actually fix a deficiency of this particular kind of fatty acid rather than just controlling a symptom. Recommended dosage varies, but I find that 130 mg. of GLA three times per day gets the best results.
Search Margaret’s Blog
- SAM-e – Take this and feel better all over!
- Processed Food – Or How the Food Companies Conspire to Kill Us and What to Do About It!
- Royal Jelly – Bee Healthy!
- Parasites – Get rid of them now!
- Spring into Health with a Cleanse!
- Porous Bones – Fix them Naturally!
- Serotonin – Could your diet be causing your depression?
- Homocysteine – More than just a heart health indicator!
- Amino Acids – Building Blocks for Neurotransmitters
- Fix It or Suppress It – Your Choice!
TagsAllergies Artherosclerosis Arthritis Asthma Blood Pressure Blood Sugar Brain Cancer Cholesterol Cleanse Constipation Depression Diabetes Diet Digestion Echinacea Eczema Energy Fatigue Fungus Gallbladder Gas Health Heart Disease High Blood Pressure immune Inflammation Insomnia Kidney Liver Magnesium Memory Olive Leaf Omega 3 Quality Stress Thyroid Triglycerides Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin E Weight Loss White Flour Yeast Zinc
- May 2013 (3)
- April 2013 (5)
- March 2013 (4)
- February 2013 (4)
- January 2013 (4)
- December 2012 (4)
- November 2012 (4)
- October 2012 (6)
- September 2012 (4)
- August 2012 (4)
- July 2012 (5)
- June 2012 (4)
- May 2012 (4)
- April 2012 (5)
- March 2012 (4)
- February 2012 (4)
- January 2012 (5)
- December 2011 (4)
- November 2011 (4)
- October 2011 (5)
- September 2011 (5)
- August 2011 (5)
- July 2011 (4)
- June 2011 (4)
- May 2011 (6)
- April 2011 (4)
- March 2011 (4)
- February 2011 (4)
- January 2011 (6)
- December 2010 (4)
- November 2010 (7)
- October 2010 (5)
- September 2010 (6)
- August 2010 (5)
Copyright Notice© Margaret Durst and Natural Cowgirl, 2010-2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Margaret Durst and Natural Cowgirl with appropriate and specific direction to the original content including a direct link to the blog.