Gamma Linolenic Acid
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is found in evening primrose oil. It is thought to help diabetic neuropathy. In neuropathy, linolenic acid conversion to GLA is thought to be impaired, potentially leading to problems with nerve membrane structure, impulse conduction, and nerve blood flow. Supplementation with GLA may alleviate these problems. Side effects have included mild GI effects and headache. Potential drug interactions include additive anticoagulant activity with antiplatelet agents and possible seizure activity if the patient is taking agents that lower seizure threshold.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Pages:
Main | Concerns | Gymnema Sylvestre | Fenugreek | Bitter Melon | Ginseng | Nopal | Aloe, Bilberry, and Milk Thistle | Chromium | Vanadium | CoQ10 | Nicotinamide | Alpha Lipoic Acid | Gamma Linolenic Acid | Ginkgo Biloba | Garlic | Advice | Additional Reading | References
Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE, BC-ADM
November 24, 2001
Last Updated: Friday August 30, 2002 10:33:16
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by Children With Diabetes, Inc, which is responsible for its contents.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2014. Comments and Feedback.