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GLA

Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Studies have shown that Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid, is effective in killing cancer cells and is well-established as a topical treatment for some types of cancer, such as bladder cancer. Also, it has been shown to kill various other types of cancer cells. Additional research has suggested that GLA-containing essential fatty acids taken from evening primrose, blackcurrant and borage seed oils are effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. A deficiency of GLA may cause eczema. A supplement may be required for those whose fat and oil intake is significantly restricted. Some chemicals that are found in this supplement include: fatty acids found in: evening primrose (a plant), fish, human mother's milk, and spirulina (blue-green algae).

How This Supplement Works in Your Body:
Astringent
Anti-inflammatory
Reduces liver damage
Anticoagulant properties, which make it useful in the prevention of heart attacks caused by thrombosis
Helps people suffering from atopic eczema or eczema due to allergy
Functions as one of the sources of essential fatty acids
May be used in external preparations to treat skin eruptions, such as psoriasis
May reduce inflammation linked with arthritis

Using GLA:
Swallow whole with a full glass of liquid. Do not chew or crush. Take with or 1 to 1-1/2 hours after meals unless otherwise advised by your physician.

Available as:
Capsule

Medical Precautions: Do not take if you:
Eat a well-balanced diet and are healthy
Are on anticoagulant therapy may increase bleeding time
Take other medicines such as phenothiazines
Will have surgery
Have schizophernia

Consult your Medical Doctor If you:
Experience any illnesses.

Pregnancy:
It is advised that you consult your doctor before taking. GLA appears to be safe.

Breastfeeding:
It is advised that you consult your doctor before taking. GLA appears to be safe.

Infants and Children:
It is hazardous to treat infants and children under 2 with any supplement.

Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Keep in a cool and dry location, but do not freeze.
Keep safely away from children.
Do not keep in bathroom medicine cabinet. Heat and dampness may alter the action of the supplement.

Safe Vitamin / Mineral dosage:
To date, no safe vitamin / mineral dosage has been established.

GLA Toxicity:
Not likely to harm life or create significant symptoms

GLA Side Effects:
Headache, indigestion, nausea : Discontinue use. Call physician when convenient.

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