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How Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) helps in Fertility


In this article, we will discuss how gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) effects fertility.
Gamma-linolenic acid or GLA is also known as gamoleic acid, it is a fatty acid found in vegetable oils and has been used as supplement in treating inflammation and auto-immune diseases.
How gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) helps to improve fertility.
1. Autoimmunity
Beside helps to improve liver function in fat and protein metabolism, it also strengthens the immune system in preventing certain protein which bind to the sperm and allow other immune cells to attack them in men. In women, it improve the production of friendly cervix mucus for sperm invasion.
2. Inflammation
GLA also decreases the risk of inflammation by converting rapidly dihomo GLA (DGLA) when it is released, by competing with arachidonic acid for the enzymes COX and LOX, resulting in lessening the risk of inflammation.
3. Uterine tonic
It is helps to balance the levels of prostaglandins hormones, resulting in decreasing the risk of over active uterine muscles that causes abnormal pain and cramps and distorts the normal process of menstrual cycle.
4. Nervous symptoms
Since it helps to increases the liver in fat and protein metabolism and blood flow to the nervous system, it improves the transmitting information between cells thereby, decreasing the risk of stress, headache and migraine, etc.
5. Cell growth
The GLA is a nutrient used by the body to maintain healthy cells and vital body functions, thereby, decreasing the risk of abnormal cell growth in the body, including the cells in the reproductive organ.
Risks and side effects
1. Possible side effects include
a) Upset and bloated stomach,
b) Soft stool,
c) Nausea and vomiting,
d) Belching.
2. People who take blood thinner should consult with their doctor before taking GLA.
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