Category Archives: Dihomo Gamma Linolenic Acid

Long Chain Fats Regulate Inflammation

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Dietary Fats That Regulate Inflammation

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Alcohol Alters Eicosanoid Metabolism

Alcohol is known to have health benefits in humans. Consuming alcoholic beverages may provide some health benefits because of the phytochemicals within the drinks. These phytochemicals are derived from the fruits used to make the drinks. For example, cider contains … 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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Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Lower Inflammation: Don’t Forget The Vitamin E

Chronic low grade inflammation is now thought to be involved in the aetiology of a number of diseases, most notably metabolic syndrome, obesity and cardiovascular disease. The association of inflammation with all three of these conditions is not surprising as … 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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Hydrogenated, trans and Deodorised Fats

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from plants have important health implications because two of these fatty acids, α-linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) are essential to health. Unsaturated fatty acids have double bonds that gives the … 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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EPA and DHA: Regulators of Desaturase Expression

Understanding genetic defects and their effects on metabolic pathways can be useful in the nutritional sciences. This is because diet can influence enzyme activity to a similar extent as genes. For example, Kilmer McCully identified homocysteine as a causative factor … Continue reading

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