Skin Issues, Just One Sign of a GLA Deficiency
By Teresa Wagner, RD, LD
January 2, 2019
Do you suffer with dry skin, breaking nails or cracked heels? Then, no matter how much lotion you use, nothing seems to help? During this season of dry skin, how about trying to help your skin from the inside out with the essential fatty acid GLA (gamma linolenic acid).
In addition to those skin signals listed above, dry hair, bumps on the back of your arms and cracked fingertips are also signs that you may be deficient in GLA, part of the omega-6 essential fatty acid family that our bodies need to thrive.
GLA nourishes your cells and decreases inflammation. Without it, your skin can suffer – but so too can hormones and metabolism, let us explain.
GLA can be most effective for these three things:
- Skin – GLA promotes hydration and elasticity inside and out. Cracking skin, dry hair and brittle nails may indicate that you need more healthy fats like GLA. GLA can help with dermatitis, incontinence, and asthma. In all cases, GLA supports tissue health. (And can even help reduce wrinkles!)
- Weight – Simply put, your body needs the right kind of fats to lose fat. Research has found that essential fatty acids, like GLA, may help with weight loss.
- Hormone Management – If you experience PMS or menopausal symptoms, you may benefit from GLA because it has been found to support hormonal balance.
If you’re looking for support with any of the above symptoms, we’d suggest giving GLA a try. Our nutritionists recommend clients start with two softgels a day, while others find they need to use up to six. For more support with your health, schedule a phone or in-person nutrition consultation with one of our nutritionists and dieticians.