Fatty acid 18:3 n-3 (alpha-linolenic acid)
- EuroFoods name: F18D3N3
- Measurement unit: milligram, mg
- Group: Fat
a-linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid. It is a precursor for polyunsaturated, long-chain n-3 fatty acids. These derivatives are largely in brain and retina. a-linoleic acid is a precursor of eicosanoids. They are hormone-like compounds, that have many important physiologic functions for instance in kidneys, circulatory system, gastrointestinal tract and uterine. Especially plant oils contain lots of a-linoleic acid.
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