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 is also very helpful at reducing symptoms
of fibrocystic breast disease.