gamma-linolenic acid

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gamma-linolenic acid

Abbreviation: GLA
C18H30O2, an essential fatty acid promoted by alternative medicine practitioners as a treatment for skin and inflammatory disorders, cystic breast disease, and hyperlipidemia.
CAS # 506-26-3
See also: acid
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Certain herbal remedies such as borage oil and evening primrose oil contain gamolenic acid that lowers the seizure threshold in epileptics thus counteracting drugs such as phenobarbitone and phenytoin.
This contains gamolenic acid which in high doses is probably the most effective treatment and is low in side-effects.
THE prescription-only treatment for breast pain, Efamast, made from the gamolenic acid found in evening primrose oil seeds, is no longer routinely available on the NHS.
Studies also show a sensitivity to breast pain is linked to low levels of the fatty acid gamolenic acid (GLA).
My GP has prescribed me some gamolenic acid capsules to help with my eczema.
Gamolenic acid is the active ingredient in Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) and there may be a form of it available without prescription which comes in a non- gelatin capsules - ask your pharmacist.
They range from gamolenic acid, an extract from evening primrose oil to stronger hormone-related drugs such as danazol and bromocryptine.
Treatment can either be with hormones or gamolenic acid which is based on evening primrose oil.
EVENING primrose oil (EPO) contains a substance called gamolenic acid, which is thought to be deficient in people with eczema.
Evening primrose oil contains gamolenic acid, a substance thought to be lacking in people with eczema.