linolenic acid

lin·​o·​le·​nic acid | \ ˌli-nə-ˈlē-nik- How to pronounce linolenic acid (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Improved heart health: Chia seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) a type of omega-3 fatty acid that comes mainly from plants. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "The Health Benefits of Chia Seed Water, According to a Registered Dietitian," 26 Nov. 2019 The scoop: Walnuts are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 found in plants. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 There are two PUFAs the body needs but can’t make — called essential fatty acids, omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) and omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Environmental Nutrition,, "How to choose the best oil for you," 28 Aug. 2019 Chia seeds are chock full of heart healthy fat Speaking of heart disease, chia seeds are rich in a type of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, tied to anti-inflammation and improved circulation. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "7 Chia Seed Benefits, According to a Nutritionist," 27 Aug. 2019 There are three types of omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The One Nutrient You Probably Aren't Getting Enough Of, According to a Nutritionist," 15 Apr. 2019 The third type of omega-3, ALA, alpha-linolenic acid, comes from plant sources, like flaxseed and canola oil. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 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,, "Milk, bread, hemp oil? On 4/20, a dietitian's guide to the cannabis items in your grocery store," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of linolenic acid

1887, in the meaning defined above

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International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from linoleic

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The first known use of linolenic acid was in 1887

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“Linolenic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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linolenic acid

lin·​ole·​nic acid | \ -ˌlē-nik-, -ˌlā- How to pronounce linolenic acid (audio) \

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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