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What Is gamma-Linolenic Acid, GLA (18:3 n-6) & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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gamma-linolenic acid, GLA, 18:3 n-6, is an omega-6, polyunsaturated fatty acid consisting of linolenic acid that have cis- double bonds.

It is an essential fatty acid and a conjugate acid of a gamma-linolenate.

Can Be Produced Of Linoleic Acid

18:3 n-6, gamma-linolenic acid is also known as Gamolenic acid. It’s an omega-6 fatty acid produced in the body of linoleic acid. (source )

gamma-linolenic acid is an essential intermediate between linoleic acid and dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid. (source )

gamma-Linolenic Acid In Milk And Oils

gamma-linolenic acid is most commonly found in human milk and is essential for infants. (source )

But also evening primrose oil, blackcurrant oil, and borage oil contain high amounts of gamma-linolenic acid. (source )

Foods You Can Find gamma-Linolenic Acid, GLA (18:3 n-6) In

You find gamma-Linolenic Acid, GLA (18:3 n-6) mostly in nut and seed, fats and oil, sauce and gravy, and poultry products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Hemp Seed
  • Margarine
  • Horseradish Sauce
  • Margarine-Like Spread
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Mayonnaise
  • Margarine Spread

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