Category Archives: Alpha Linolenic Acid

Walnut For Essential Fats

Walnuts are a rich source of the essential fatty acid alpha linoleic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)), as well as other nutrients including tocopherols (vitamin E), fibres, arginine, vitamin B6, magnesium and zinc. The alpha linoleic acid content of walnuts is … Continue reading

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The Alpha Linolenic Acid Content of Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are high in nutrients and low in total energy, which makes them a healthy food choice. Some of the main phytochemicals present in leafy green vegetables include vitamin C, folate, carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3 … Continue reading

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Essential Fatty Acids and The Brain

In human nutrition there are two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (LA; C18:2, n-6), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA; C18:3 n-3). These fatty acids are essential because without them the cells cannot function, and inevitably a deficiency causes disease followed by … Continue reading

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Walnuts as a Source of Alpha Linolenic Acid

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Fats for Brain Health

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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Deficiency: Mood Disorders

The omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid required by human for health. Alpha linolenic acid is metabolised to a number of hormone like substances called eicosanoids, and these have a wide range … Continue reading

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Alpha Linolenic Acid Is Neuroprotective

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is a long chain fatty acid synthesised by plants. It is polyunsaturated fatty acid and contains three double bonds. Alpha linolenic acid is present in small amounts in most plants, and green leafy vegetables … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression

Animals cannot synthesise some of the omega 3 fatty acids they require for correct metabolic function. These fats are therefore essential and must be supplied in the diet, in a similar way that vitamins must be supplied in the diet. … Continue reading

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Alpha Linolenic Acid: Cardiovascular Risk

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid that has vitamin like effects in humans. Intakes of ALA must be balanced with intake of the other essential fatty acid linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)), and the dietary … Continue reading

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Omega 3 Fats Against Depression?

Omega 3 fats are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that have their first double bond 3 carbon atoms away from their methyl end. This group of fats includes the important essential dietary fat alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) … Continue reading

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