Bioriginal, innovative EFA solutions provider, has launched a marketing initiative to highlight the different types of Omega-6 fatty acids and re-affirm the importance of “good” Omega-6 fats in the body. By throwing a spotlight on the different sources of Omega-6, Bioriginal helps manufacturers and consumers understand the critical differences between linoleic acid (LA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA), dihomogamma linolenic acid (DGLA) and arachidonic acid (AA) and their impact on our health.
“People need to understand the differences between Omega-6 fatty acids and their role as essential fatty acids (EFAs) for optimal health,” explains Manny Sabares, Marketing Director at Bioriginal.
“Humans need the correct balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s for the body to function properly. Overuse of one fatty acid or under-consumption of another will lead to consumers missing a critical link in their health. It’s all about getting the balance right.
“LA is converted in the body into the anti-inflammatory agents GLA and DGLA, and into the pro-inflammatory agent AA. A certain amount of AA is required as the body’s self-defense mechanism to ward off disease and help us recover from injury. However, because we consume high levels of AA through meat and dairy products, the balance is tipped, resulting in high levels of AA. The result is an excess of pro-inflammatory agents in the body placing the body into a constant self-defensive, or ‘fighting’ mode which ultimately wears our defenses down, leaving us susceptible to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and inflammatory conditions including arthritis and psoriasis. In addition, AA inhibits the conversion of LA to GLA and DGLA.
“To restore a balance in the body and counteract the pro-inflammatory agents, supplementation with GLA is required. By countering the excess pro-inflammatory agent AA, with supplementation of GLA, which converts rapidly into the anti-inflammatory agent DGLA, the body’s natural equilibrium is restored. GLA and DGLA have well-known anti-inflammatory properties linked with the prevention of arthritis, skin ailments, diabetes and cancer.
There are many sources of GLA such as borage oil, primrose oil, and black currant oil each containing varying amounts. Borage oil is the richest natural source of GLA, providing 20-24 percent GLA. As a supplement, borage is available in oil, softgel, or powder form.
For further information please contact: Bioriginal, 102 Melville Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7J 0R1, Canada. Tel: (306) 975 1166 Fax: (306) 242 3829
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