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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 previewFantastic Voyage (2005)

Live Long Enough to Live Forever by Ray Kurzweil, Terry Grossman

Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential omega-3 fatty acid, while linoleic acid is an essential omega-6 fatty acid. But the Western diet already includes excessive omega-6 fats. An effective way to correct the distorted ratio of omega-6 to omega- 3 ...

Google previewThe Paleo Diet for Athletes (2012)

The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance by Loren Cordain, Joe Friel

The simplest omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid is called alpha-linolenic acid ( ALA), abbreviated 18:3v3. If you have been following along, you know that ALA contains 18 carbon atoms in its backbone and 3 double bonds, the last of which is ...

Google previewCRC Desk Reference on Sports Nutrition (2005)

by Mark Kern

Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential in the diet; whereas gamma-linolenic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that can be synthesized from linoleic acid by the addition of a double bond by the delta-9-desaturase enzyme.

Google previewObesity (2016)

The Medical Practitioner's Essential Guide by Robin P. Blackstone

Alpha-linolenic acid is a component of cell membrane and receptors throughout the body and provides the starting component for making steroid hormones. Alph -linolenic acid is primarily derived from foods like fish, leafy vegetables and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

Alpha-LA alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 polyunsaturated fat) ...

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 ...

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 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 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 ...

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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 Chia seeds are a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a beneficial substance that is part of the family of omega-3 fatty acidsSmall 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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