10g of alpha linolenic acid can be found in a 100g serving of hemp seeds. Deficiency will occur when less that .02% of our calorie intake comes from it.You can also find it in seeds like flax and pumpkin or nuts. Deficiency can cause a scaly dermatitis and neurological abnormalities. May minorly contribute to increased risk of prostate cancer. Here are a few benefits:

  1. Beneficial for eicosanoid production
  2. Benefits platelet aggretgation
  3. High intakes have been associated with decreased risk of vascular disease.
  4. Main role as precursor to DHA and EPA
  5. Reduces the risk of heart disease and heart attacks
  6. Reduces risk of hardening arteries
  7. Reduces risk of high blood pressure
  8. Reduces risk of pneumonia
  9. Control blood clotting
  10. Build cell membranes in brain
  11. Reduce inflammation
  12. Reduce arthritis related joint pain and stiffness with improved mobility.
  13. Helps treat autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  14. Increased lung function in asthma
  15. Prevents breast cancer
  16. Prevents and treats depression
  17. Reduced menstrual pain
  18. Low levels of omega-3’s are tied to Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel disorders.