Once known as Vitamin F, Linoleic acid is a fatty acid which is essential for nutrition. Rich in omega-6, this acid forms the lipid component of all cell membranes in our body. Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid acquired from plants. Omega-3 fatty acids have appeared to be helpful in preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis as well as reducing inflammation. High concentrated forms are found in the human brain which is great not only for cognitive and behavioural health but also normal growth and development. Omega-3 and omega-6 is vital in maintaining a healthy body.
A mother’s breast milk commonly produces Linoleic / α-linolenic acid. Infant formula’s supplemented with Linoleic / α-linolenic acids are imperative in the proper growth and development of infants. Apart from the obvious reason that Linoleic / α-linolenic are important for infant nutrition, fortifying formula with such fatty acids benefits children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis as it optimizes feeding efficiency and growth.
Omega-3 and omega-6 are found in most vegetable oils such as:
- Evening primrose oil
- Sunflower oil
- Flaxseed oil
- Canola (rapeseed) oil