Flax, canola, and friends have lots of ALA that doesn't get converted to DHA/EPA. What if anything does it get converted to, and is the end product good, bad, or neutral?
(P.S. I'm not looking for "PUFA gets oxidized!!!")
asked byKamal (24543)
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on October 06, 2010
at 08:14 PM
AKAIK, PUFAs are used by the body mainly (i) to make signaling molecules, (ii) as part of cell membranes, and (iii) as food.
Short-chain (i.e., ALA and LA) PUFAs can be used for (ii) and (iii) or they can be converted into long-chain PUFAs to be used for (i). Long chain PUFAs can be used for (i), (ii), or (iii).
Generally, it's better to have short-chain PUFAs in your membranes than long-chain (cause they are less prone to oxidation).