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What Is dihomo-gamma-Linolenic Acid?

dihomo-gamma-Linolenic acid, DGLA, 20:3 n-6, is a polyunsaturated, omega-6 fatty acid.

DGLA is an extremely uncommon fatty acid. It’s only found in trace amounts in animal products.

dihomo-gamma-Linolenic acid, DGLA

20:3 n-6 or dihomo-gamma-Linolenic acid (DGLA) is also known as eicosatrienoic acid. (source đź——)

The Conversion Of dihomo-gamma-Linolenic Acid

Linoleic acid is converted to gamma-Linolenic acid, which is converted to dihomo-gamma-Linolenic acid. Then the dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid is converted to arachidonic acid, which helps to dilate blood vessels. (source đź——)

When someone has diabetes, the conversion of linoleic acid to gamma-Linolenic acid is impaired. It can lead to a decrease in nerve functions. (source đź——)

dihomo-gamma-Linolenic acid can also be converted into prostaglandin. (source đź——)

Where To Find dihomo-gamma-Linolenic Acid

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid .

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