Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid

Definition of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid:

A polyunsaturated fatty acid is one that is missing more than one pair of hydrogen atoms.  Polyunsaturated fatty acids are mostly found in plant and sea foods.  Safflower, sunflower, corn and soy oils are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Also: Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, PUFA, PUFAs

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...as a treatment
“...Arachidonic acid is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid that is derived from the diet...”

Chronic Renal Insufficiency

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid manipulation results in an anti-inflammatory...”
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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...[Dietary N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Smoking-Related Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, The New England Journal of Medicine, July 28, 1994;331(4): pp.228-33].”

Crohn's Disease

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...Among the fatty acids that correlated with the Crohn's disease activity index, EPA and total Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids showed the most significant negative correlations...”

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

...as a treatment
“...DHA is an omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (not to be confused with the hormone DHEA)...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...These foods contain abundant polyunsaturated fatty acids, including the omega-3 oils (alpha-linolenic, eicosapentaenoic, and docosahexanoic acids)...”
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Olive Oil

...as a treatment
“...Olive oil also contains saturated fatty acids (8-14%), polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs at 4-20%), and other important minor constituents, particularly antioxidants, such as vitamin E and polyphenols...”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...the condition
“...Adequate long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), may reduce the incidence of depression just as omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease...”


...recommendation Vitamin E
“A membrane's lipid bilayers are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids which are subject to oxidation...”

Vitamin E Requirement

...our question about Omega-3 oil intake
“As the amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids increases in the diet, Vitamin E requirements increase proportionally.”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...The way in which zinc influences PG production is by potentiating (or supporting the function of) the enzymes which permit the conversion of the polyunsaturated fatty acids into PGs.  Zinc thus has a very direct action in stimulating the normal production of PGs thereby maintaining or restoring normal health and fitness...”
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