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Nutritional Supplements Library Alpha linolenic acid

Nutritional Supplements Library

Alpha linolenic acid


What is ALA?

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid with the molecular formula C18H30O2 and molar mass 278.43 g/mol. Alpha linolenic acid is one of three forms of Omega 3 fatty acids. The other two include ecosapetanoic acid (EPA) and docosahaxaneoic acid (DHA).Flaxseeds oils is the richest natural source of this fatty acid.aplha linolenic acid is essential fatty acid which means it is not produced in the body, it has to ingest through diet to maintain health. The unique biochemical structure of alpha-linolenic acid is important and helps to make it a key player in immunity, vision, cell membranes, and the production of hormone like compounds. It is important to maintain an appropriate balance of omega-3 and omega-6 (another essential fatty acid) in the diet as these two substances work together to promote health.An imbalance (more omega-6) may make the body susceptible to arthritis (inflammatory disease), skin disorders (psoriasis, skin cancer), heart disease, and infection (decreases immunity).


What is the effective dosage for ALA supplementation?

The effective dosage range is 500 mg to 2000mg per day.


What are the benefits of ALA supplementation?

• Alpha linolenic acid promotes heart health and helps maintain a healthy nervous system.
• It reduces the risk of heart attack, by increase the percentage of HDL (good) cholesterol and reducing LDL(bad) cholesterol. • It helps to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, and dilation of blood vessels thereby facilitating blood flow throughout the body.
• It helps to prevent abnormal Blood Clotting.
• Aside from alpha linolenic acid, flaxseed (source) oil is rich in lignan. Lignan is a type of phytoestrogen and also provides fiber. Researches reveal that lignan in flaxseed shows a lot of promise in fighting disease including a possible role in cancer prevention especially breast cancer. It is thought that lignan metabolites can bind to estrogen receptors, hence inhibiting the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer.
• It is an essential component of all Cell Membranes and helps to preserve the fluidity of Cell Membranes.
• LNA is essential or the formation of the (healthy) Fat that surrounds Muscles.It reduces the Pain and Inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
• It also helps to transport Oxygen into Cell Membranes.


What are the side effects of ALA supplementation?

A side effect of acidophilus supplementation is rare. If you experience any side effects, discontinue the use and consult your doctor.
Cautions-
it is safe but should not be over consumed because it is a source of calories.