GLA – A Super Supplement

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.

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Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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3 Responses to GLA – A Super Supplement

  1. Dear Margaret, I like your article a lot, it’s quite informative. I must pass on good wishes to you for writing such wonderful viral and edifying articles. I just want to know that, as I live in India where GLA, Omega 3, 6, 9 are very new terms to most of the population but as you mentioned they are imperative. Can you suggest few cheaper natural sources to obtain them or incorporate them in ordinary diet?

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