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Which EFA Does What?

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Which EFA Does What?

What’s great about EFAs is that they can convert to other forms through a process of elongation or desaturation. When a certain form is required but not present, the body begins this conversion process, which often begins with the omega-3, alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), or the omega-6, linoleic acid (LA). The fact that EFAs convert implies that each form has a unique function within the body. Since each EFA helps maintain normal function of specific systems and processes, we will look at the individual functions of the EFAs in Phyto EFA.

Omega-3

  • alpha-linoleic acid (ALA): Helps support normal cell, tissue, and organ function among various systems; frequently used in conversion

  • stearidonic acid (SDA): Parent of the series-3 prostaglandins which are responsible for helping maintain the normal inflammatory response

  • docasahexaenoic acid (DHA): Helps maintain normal heart, brain, retinal, and reproductive health


Omega-6

  • linoleic acid (LA): Helps support normal cell, tissue, and organ function among various systems; frequently used in conversion

  • gamma-linolenic acid (GLA): Maintains normal inflammatory response and hormone balance


Each EFA is needed to fulfill its specific role, whether that be conversion to other forms or maintaining normal bodily functions. Phyto EFA provides these five EFAs that may not be received through diet alone. 

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