linolenic acid

noun
lin·o·le·nic acid | \ˌli-nə-ˈlē-nik-, -ˈlā-\

Definition of linolenic acid 

: a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H30O2 found especially in drying oils (such as linseed oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals

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Walnuts in particular may have a slight edge, thanks to their high levels of anti-inflammatory alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fat found in plant foods. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "From oatmeal to sardines, 7 foods that really can help hearts stay healthy," 7 May 2018 Hempseeds are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and other nutrients that contain trace or no THC. Christy Brissette, chicagotribune.com, "Milk, bread, hemp oil? On 4/20, a dietitian's guide to the cannabis items in your grocery store," 20 Apr. 2018 Also not firmly established is the protective value of plant sources of omega-3s: alpha-linolenic acid found in flax seeds, walnuts and some vegetable oils, which could be an option for vegetarians and people allergic to fish. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Is It Time to Give Up on Fish Oil?," 26 Mar. 2018 Chia seeds About 65 percent of the fat in chia seeds is an omega-3 fat called alpha linolenic acid (ALA). Cara Rosenbloom, miamiherald, "These four foods can help control your weight, boost your brain and protect your heart.," 23 Oct. 2017 Lamb is also high in essential omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid (helpful in combating heart disease, as well as other diseases), the lamb board says. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Change it up with lamb burgers on greens," 16 Sep. 2017

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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linolenic acid

noun
lin·ole·nic acid | \-ˌlē-nik-, -ˌlā- \

Medical Definition of linolenic acid 

: a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H30O2 found especially in drying oils (as linseed oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals

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