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What is linoleic acid?

Linoleic acid is one of the two essential fatty acids that must be supplied in the diet. Linoleic acid is a component of some polyunsaturated fats. Linoleic acid is type of fat called an omega-6 fatty acid. Linoleic acid is converted in the body to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Arachidonic acid is another fatty acid needed by the body; however, it can be made from linoleic acid and is not considered an essential fatty acid unless intake of linoleic acid is low.

Current research on linoleic acid?

Arthritis: GLA might alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, such as morning stiffness, joint pain, and swelling, by influencing levels of prostaglandins.

Diabetes: GLA from evening primrose oil might reduce the complications of diabetes, including diabetic neuropathy, eye problems, and heart disease.

Eczema: Some individuals with the skin condition eczema show improvement whentaking GLA-rich evening primrose oil.

Fibrocystic Breast Disease: Levels of essential fatty acids are abnormal in some women with fibrocystic breast disease. Supplements of evening primrose oil might ease the symptoms of this condition.

Heart Disease: Linoleic acid might reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels, preventing blood clots, and reducing blood pressure.

Pre-Eclampsia: Pre-eclampsia, a common and potentially harmful complication during pregnancy, is less likely to develop in women taking supplements containing GLA.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Women with premenstrual syndrome frequently have low levels of essential fatty acids. Supplements of GLA might ease symptoms of this condition in some women.