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Gamma-Linolenic Acid In Spirulina

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Why Do The Essential Fatty Acids Prevent Insulin Resistance?

There are two essential fatty acids in human nutrition and both are polyunsaturated fats formed in plants. Alpha linolenic (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is fatty acid belonging to the omega 3 family of fatty acid and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) … Continue reading

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Fatty acid profiles in normal and obese individuals

Deficiency of the essential fatty acids can occur with the feeding of high glucose enteral or parenteral nutrition in as little as two weeks. This is because of the absence of dietary essential fatty acid precursors as well as the … Continue reading

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Essential Fats, Breast Feeding and Infant Brain Development

A group of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are known to be important to human health. Two such fats, alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) are essential to health as they are required for … Continue reading

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The Essential Fatty Acid Pathway

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Sudden Infant Death And GLA

Sudden infant death syndrome SIDS is not fully understood. A number of theories have been presented to explain this unfortunate and devastating event, some of which involve nutritional mechanisms. In 1980, a theory was presented by Johnson and his coworkers … Continue reading

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More on trans Fats: Pain and Death

Natural vegetable oils present in nuts and seeds are healthy oils because they contain high concentrations of the essential fatty acids α-linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)). Alpha linolenic acid is desaturated and elongated in … Continue reading

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Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors: The Sword of Damocles

yclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors are a sub-group of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs, that include common over the counter medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen, inhibit the cyclooxygenase enzymes non-selectively. Cyclooxygenases are a group of enzymes required for eicosanoid (prostanoid) … Continue reading

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Insulin Resistance: Is It an Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency?

The development of metabolic syndrome, characterised by insulin resistance, abdominal obesity and blood lipid changes, is a risk factor for a number of serious diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Insulin resistance is a complex phenomenon and is … Continue reading

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Essential Knowledge: Fatty Acids

Plants possess two enzymes, Δ12-desaturase and Δ15-desaturase, that allow the synthesis of linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) and α-linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)), respectively. The Δ12-desaturase enzyme adds a double bond to a molecule of oleic acid (OA, C18:1 (n-9)) … Continue reading

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