alpha-linolenic acid

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alpha-linolenic acid

C18H30O2, an omega-3 fatty acid derived from plants, esp. seeds (canola oil, flaxseed, walnuts and pumpkins) and from some fish (salmon and mackerel).
CAS # 463-40-1
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Omega Joe ALA has the highest ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids of any known seed oil -- an astounding 6:1 -- and typically a 50-60% alpha linolenic acid (ALA) content.
Pizzey's produces and markets nutritional ingredients predominantly derived from flaxseed, a source of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids, specifically alpha linolenic acid (ALA).
Depending on which desaturases are activated, and the growth conditions scientists create, the yeast's metabolism converts the lipids into valuable byproducts, such as alpha eleostearic acid, which is a main tung oil component, and alpha linolenic acid.
The Omega-3 fatty acids are the parent compound of alpha linolenic acid (ALA).
EFA Multi contains a 1500 mg EFA oil blend of fish and flax seed oils, 1000 mg of fish oil (providing 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA) and 500 mg of flaxseed oil (providing 266 mg of alpha linolenic acid and 55 mg linoleic acid) in a two soft gel a day formula.
According to the company, kiwifruit seeds contain a high content of essential fatty acids--more than 65% omega 3 as alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and 15% omega 6 as linoleic acid--at the ideal ratio of omega 3 to omega 6, which occurs naturally in kiwifruit.
Salad dressings contain alpha linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid found in soy and canola oils, that protects against heart disease.
Subsets of the 815 participants were categorized and evaluated according to their varying intake of fish, DHA, EPA, alpha linolenic acid or a combination of omega 3 fatty acids, including DHA, EPA and alpha linolenic acid.
The study, published in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that salad dressings and mayonnaise contain alpha linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, that has protective effects against heart disease.