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Therapeutic Uses of Omega-6 EFAs

GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)

The most popular omega-6 fatty acid is called gamma-linolenic acid or GLA. GLA is found in motherīs milk and in the seeds of evening primrose, borage and black currant. GLA is a standard treatment for premenstrual symptoms including breast tenderness (also called mastalgia, mastodynia or mastopatia) in Europe and the United States - but GLA has many more benefits. It is even mentioned in the AMA's (American Medical Association) official textbook evaluating drugs.

The most important dietary essential fatty acid is linoleic acid, which occurs in large quantities in plant oils. However, linoleic acid is biologically inactive and cannot be used by the organism in its naturally occurring form. The body must first change Linoleic acid into gamma linolenic acid (GLA).

A diet rich in plant oils does not necessarily protect against deficiencies of GLA, which can therefore be taken in the form of a food supplement.

GLA is extracted from plants which are rich in this fatty acid. The highest natural content is found in the medicinal herb borage (25% of which is composed of GLA). Blackcurrant seed oil contains rather smaller quantities (14%) of this essential fatty acid, while evening primrose contains 5-9% GLA.

As a good general supplement you could take flax oil, olive oil, hemp oil, or Evening Primrose Oil.

When the body's production of GLA is facilitated, production of the beneficial prostaglandin PGE1 increases. This prostaglandin has a number of beneficial effects:

  • it reduces the tendency of blood platelets to aggregate and thereby reduces the risk of blood clots
  • it expands contract blood vessels, which may alleviate pains associated with angina pectoris (Angina)
  • It expands the respiratory passages, prevents mucous formation, infections and asthma attacks
  • It reduces cholesterol production
  • It reinforces the effects of insulin
  • It improves the activity of the immune system (primarily via its influence on the T-Lymphocytes)

The improved functioning of the T-Lymphocytes can be of great importance in the event of disturbed immune functions with, for example, ulcerative colitis, arthritic and related disorders, allergies, asthma and skin diseases.

GLA therapy may also help with the following:

  • Disorders in the central nervous system: in schizophrenia and disseminated sclerosis the patient often has abnormally low PGE1 levels
  • for hangovers and other withdrawal symptoms after excessive alcohol consumption
  • Alcoholic liver damage
  • Chest pains, aches and fluid build ups (Oedema)
  • Menstrual pains caused by increased activity of harmful prostaglandins
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Hyperactivity in children

The Balance between Omega 6s and Omega 3s

Today the relation of omega-6 (plant based oils) and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) in the Western diet is unbalanced. The ideal ratio is 4:1, but in the EU the average relation is 5:1 and in many individuals 10:1 or even higher, even 20:1. The intake of omega-6 being too high in relation to omega-3. I have seen in blood analyses that supplementation with GLA alone further diminishes the content of omega-3´s in the blood serum. Therefore, I always recommend that people taking GLA (which belongs to the omega-6 family) should simultaneously take fish oil (omega-3).

Barlean's Flaxseed Oil Contains the optimum ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Vegan Friendly.
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Fish Oil rich in EPA Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Omax3™ is The Ultra-Pure Omega-3 Supplement™, specially developed by physicians and scientists from the Yale University School of Medicine to provide you with an ultra- pure and optimally balanced Omega-3 supplement for your health.

One 825mg Omax3 Capsule Provides:

  • 750mg of Omega 3:
    • 562mg of Pure EPA Omega 3
    • 137mg of DHA Omega 3
  • Box contains 60 capsules

Omax3™ delivers greater than 91% Omega-3s per softgel, setting the new standard for Omega-3 supplements (most supplements are only 30-60% pure). Based on the latest scientific research, Omax3™ is a comprehensive Omega-3 supplement formulated to maximize benefits for cardiac health, mood and cognition, as well as joint, skin and immune support.


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MorEPA - Mini Capsules - Rich in EPA with Evening Primrose Oil
is a rich and pure source of Omega 3 EPA fish oil.

One 438 mg capsule contains:

  • 238 mg of pure EPA Omega 3
  • 42 mg of DHA Omega 3
  • Box contains 60 capsules

MorEPA Mini also contains 10mg of GLA from Evening Primrose Oil. An ideal choice for children to ensure that they get their daily dose of EPA. For Children Aged 5+
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MorEPA - Smart Fats - Rich in EPA Fatty Acids
is a rich and pure source of Omega 3 EPA fish oil.

One 1,000 mg capsule contains around:

  • 500 mg of pure EPA Omega 3
  • 98 mg of DHA Omega 3
  • Box contains 60 capsules

Pure essential Omega 3 fatty acids responsible for maintaining good cardiovascular health and reducing the incidence of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. For Adults from age 15 and above.
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Fish Oil rich in DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids

MorDHA-Mini IQ (From 6 months up to the age of 5)
Has been developed to support growth, and brain development in children through the crucial first years of life and comes in a tasty strawberry flavour.
Most mums know whats best for their children but the growing amount of scientific research proves how important DHA is to a childs healthy development. From 6 months up to five years old, MorDHA-Mini is probably the most important supplement you can give them.
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MorDHA IQ (For mothers during and after pregnancy)
Taking MorDHA during pregnancy can give your baby the best start in supporting the earliest stages of brain growth and development. It makes sense that getting enough DHA not only helps mum but can greatly affect your unborn babys brain development and performance through the early years.
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Flax Oils rich in ALA Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Plant Sourced Omega 3)

Barlean's High Lignan Flax Oil Complex
provides an important contribution to the immune system, the condition of the heart and blood vessels, a "healthy cholesterol" level, digestion and intestinal function, joint flexibility and sporting performance. High Lignan Flax oil contains the optimum ration of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, is particularly rich in Lignans.
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Barlean's Omega Twin with Flax and Borage Oils
This product combines organic flaxseed oil, the world's richest source of alpha linolenic acid, (LNA) Omega-3 with borage oil, the world's richest source of GLA Omega-6. A special synergism exists between these two important fatty acids which may potentiate their effects. Both LNA and GLA are required in balancing the body's hormonal response to conditions associated with allergy, inflammation, pain and swelling.
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Barlean's Essential Woman - Lasting beauty is a reflection of inner health
Gorgeous skin, beautiful shining hair and strong nails. Barlean's Essential Woman contains organic flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil (GLA), flaxseed particulate, isoflavones and saponins isolated from GM free soy. It is an ideal balanced oil from women with pre-menstrual syndrome, pre, peri, and post menopausal complaints.
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Barlean's Omega Man - Flax Seed Complex blended for Men
OMEGA MAN is for men of all ages who strive for peak performance, optimal heath, vitality and longevity. It can provide a synergy of essential omega fatty acids and plant phytochemicals absent in multivitamins and deficient in todays diet, yet critical for maintaining cellular, sexual and heart health, athletic performance, fat metabolism and lean muscle mass.
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We are the UK's No 1 UK Independent Specialist in Pharmaceutical Grade Omega 3 - We Recommend:

Omax3 with 1500mg of Omega-3s per serving
Barlean's Flax Oils
The Omega Plan
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