As a common herbal treatment in traditional medicine practices for hundreds of years, borage oil has numerous uses ranging from treating skin flare-ups to lowering pain. The most beneficial aspect of using borage oil either topically on the skin or internally in capsule form is it has strong anti-inflammatory effects.
Borage oil is quickly becoming popular as a natural anti-inflammatory supplement since it has one of the highest amounts of GLA of all seed oils. GLA is one type of omega-6 "essential" fatty acid that the body cannot make on its own, so we must get it from outside sources. While we are able to convert some forms of omega-6s, like that found in nuts and seeds, into GLA, it's preferable and more effective to consume it directly.
While other plants like black currant and evening primrose oil, also contain GLA and offer similar benefits, the approximate 23 percent GLA found in borage oil makes it the most effective option.
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The borage, or starflower, plant, produces seeds that are a rich source of an essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. The body can convert GLA to an anti-inflammatory compound called prostaglandin E1, or PGE1. Borage oil has a reputation for alleviating symptoms of autoimmune disorders, skin disorders, premenstrual syndrome and cramps, diabetic neuropathy and other inflammatory conditions. The oil is usually taken internally in a capsule, but can also be applied topically. Of the three oils that are good sources of GLA -- borage, evening primrose and black currant seed -- borage has the highest concentration.
Serving Size: 1 capsule
Amount per serving:
Borage Seed Oil (cold-pressed)...............1,000mg
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)..................160mg
Calories from fat..........10
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Dosage and use
Take 1 softgel daily with food or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Allergies: Free of the following common allergens: milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Caution: If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition, or taking prescription drugs, consult your healthcare professional before using this product. Keep out of reach of children.
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