Fatty Acids Profile
Both LA and ALA are transformed into long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids which are 20 carbons or more in length. The 20-chain FA form eicosanoids which form prostaglandins or thromboxanes (via the cyclooxygenase enzyme) or leukotrienes (via the lipoxygenase enzyme). If an imbalance occurs, excess prostaglandin E2, an inflammatory promoting compound, may be formed.
Some conditions associated with fatty acid imbalance are arthritis, skin problems, allergies, IBS, some autoimmune diseases, ADHD, depression, senile dementia, and aggressive behavior. An imbalance may also be seen in lactating or pregnant women.
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