Borage Oil

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Borage Oil

Although Western diets typically contain large amounts of omega-6 essential fatty acids from corn and safflower oils, the body’s conversion to the active GLA form can be impeded by various factors, thus disturbing the fatty acid balance in favor of synthesis of pro-inflammatory compounds. Borage oil provides a higher ratio of GLA to linoleic acid than evening primrose oil and similar plant oils and can be used to help reestablish a healthier omega-6 fatty acid balance. Cold-pressed and free of hexane or other solvents.

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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.

Benefits at a Glance

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Antioxidant Properties

Can Lower Arthritis Symptoms

Well Researched for Eczema

Manufacturer's Description

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.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 capsule

Amount per serving:

Borage Seed Oil (cold-pressed)...............1,000mg

Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)..................160mg

Calories from fat..........10

Polyunsaturated Fat........1g

Other ingredients:

Gelatin, glycerin, water, and mixed tocopherols.

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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DISCLAIMER: Statements made are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your doctor prior to using the recommendations given.