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What Is gamma-Linolenic Acid, GLA?

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 đź——)

Where To Find gamma-Linolenic Acid

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

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

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

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