Borage Seed Oil

Borage Seed OilBorage Seed Oil

Borage oil is a natural substance that provides high levels of the fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a strong anti-inflammatory found in certain plant oils.

While gamma-linolenic acid is derived from extracts drawn from the seeds of plants like borage (Borago officinalis) and evening primrose, it’s not found in high amounts in the human diet. Therefore most people turn to supplements to provide its benefits.


What Is Borage Oil Used For?

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 becoming increasingly popular as a natural anti-inflammatory supplement because 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 to some degree we’re all able to convert other forms of omega-6s (like the type found in nuts or seeds called conjugated linoleic acid) into GLA, it’s preferable and more effective to consume GLA directly.

While other plants, including black currant or evening primrose oil, also offer GLA and have similar benefits, the roughly 23 percent GLA content in borage oil makes it likely the most effective option (as a comparison, evening primrose oil has about 9 percent). This means that regular use of borage oil supplies higher dose of linolenic acid and also requires less capsules to take daily, with less of an investment and lower risk for side effects.


How Does Borage Oil Work?

Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, borage oil containing GLA can be helpful for treating a wide range of both short- and long-term illnesses, including:

  • PMS symptoms (including breast pain or tenderness, anxiety, and skin breakouts)
  • Bone loss and osteoporosis (especially when combined with bone-building supplements like omega-3 fish oils)
  • ADHD symptoms
  • Skin disorders, including eczema or dermatitis
  • Menopause symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats
  • Hormonal imbalances, including adrenal insufficiency
  • Ongoing fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis pain
  • Dealing with stress
  • Managing diabetes
  • Promoting breast-milk production
  • Respiratory distress (ARDS), bronchitis, colds, coughs and fevers
  • Alcoholism
  • Inflammation causing pain and swelling
  • Preventing heart disease and stroke

Essential fatty acids, including omega-6s from plants (like nuts or seeds) and omega-3 fish oils are long-chain fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by human metabolism. Supplementation with essential fatty acids might prove effective in treating inflammatory disorders because they help correct defective conversions of fatty acids to metabolites such prostaglandin E1, which has circulation-boosting and anti-inflammatory ability.

 

Copied from Dr. Axe "Food is Medecine" website.

Products using Borage Seed Oil: Alaska Made Rich & Creamy Facial Moisturizer