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Alpha-Linolenic acid

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Definition of the noun alpha-linolenic acid

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  1. a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 18 carbon atoms; the only omega-3 fatty acid found in vegetable products; it is most abundant in canola oil; a fatty acid essential for nutrition
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic terms: omega-3 / omega-3 fatty acid = a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning


alpha-Linolenic acid: α-Linolenic acid is an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in seeds, nuts, and many common vegetable oils. In terms of its structure, it is named all-cis-9,12,15-octadecatrienoic acid. In physiological literature, it is given the name 18:3.

  • also known as 18:3 n-3 c,c,c, F18D3CN3, 18:3 n-3 c,c,c (ALA)


Alpha-Linolenic Acid: An essential fatty acid belonging to the omega-3 fatty acids group. It is highly concentrated in certain plant oils and has been reported to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin resulting in reduced inflammation and prevention of certain chronic diseases.

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Google previewNutrition Your Life Science (2013)

by Jennifer Turley, Joan Thompson

Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are distinguished by the position of the first double bond in the fatty acid carbon chain (see Figure 1.12). Omega-3 fatty acids are described further in Module 3.

Google previewSesame (2010)

The genus Sesamum by Dorothea Bedigian

Alpha-linolenic acid is a fatty acid ...

Google previewSports Science Handbook: A-H (2005)

by Simon P. R. Jenkins

Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential omega- 3 fatty acid that contains 18 carbon atoms and 3 double bonds. Through the processes of elongation and desaturation, alpha- linolenic acid can ultimately be converted to eicosapentaenoic acid with ...

Google previewDictionary of Healthful Food Terms (1997)

by Bev Bennett, Virginia Van Vynckt, Carolyn E. Moore

linolenic acid; alpha-linolenic acid [UN-uh-LEN-ik] An OMEGA- 3 FATTY ACID that is essential or desirable at certain points in the life cycle. In some studies, infants who ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Heart Diseases (2005)

by M. Gabriel Khan

Alpha-linolenic acids found in walnuts and purslane are rich in alpha-linolenic acid and are strongly recommended. Alpha-linolenic acid is a long-chain fatty acid, which is a significant component of the Cretan Mediterranean diet.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (2016)

by Andrew Chevallier

mostly alpha-linolenic acid ( omega-essential fatty acid) □ Protein (about 26%) □ Fiber (about 14%) □ Mucilage (about 12%) □ Sterols □ Lignans Key Actions □ Demulcent □ Emollient ...

Google previewThe Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (2012)

by Sherry Torkos

Omega-3 fatty acids: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is converted into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) The body cannot make EFAs, so they must be obtained Macronutrients | 11 Fats.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Women's Health (2009)

by Christine Ammer

An exception to the warnings about dietary fat relates to the omega-3 fatty acid ( alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 fatty acid (linolenic acid), found in fish, especially sardines, salmon and mackerel; soybean, safflower and corn oils; and nuts ...

Google previewDictionary of Flavors (2008)

by Dolf De Rovira

alpha-linolenic acid, and prostaglandins. It is an anti- inflammatory, aids in cramps, and boosts the immune system. Black currant seed ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biology (2009)

by Don Rittner, Timothy Lee McCabe

Some fatty acids are palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, eleostearic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, and elaidic acid. Three fatty acids linked to a glycerol molecule form fat. fauna All wild birds and all wild animals (both aquatic ...

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Small photo of Flax seed is also known as Linseed. Flaxseed oil is contains alpha-linolenic acid. Flaxseed itself also contains lignans.Small photo of Flax seed is also known as Linseed. Flaxseed oil is contains alpha-linolenic acid. Flaxseed itself also contains lignans.Small photo of Flax seed is also known as Linseed. Flaxseed oil is contains alpha-linolenic acid. Flaxseed itself also contains lignans. More...

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