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GLA May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis


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GLA May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan--In a review of clinical studies conducted in the past 20 years, it was found that gamma linolenic acid (GLA) may ease "morning stiffness" associated with rheumatoid arthritis. In 39 studies conducted between 1980 and 1999, lead researcher Dr. Marya Zilberberg found that there was a 60- to 65-percent reduction of arthritic stiffness when patients consumed GLA. The average duration of pain relief was one hour when taking GLA, compared to 6.7 minutes experienced with placebo. It was found that further trials should be conducted to find uniform, effective GLA doses.

The results of this meta-analysis have been submitted for consideration to peer-reviewed journals; it will also be published in Recent Advances in Gamma Linolenic Acid, a book due out in February 2001. The review was sponsored by Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. For more information, visit www.bioriginal.com or Booth #1637 at SupplySide West.

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