BORAGE SEED OIL
Why Borage Seed Oil is one of the best Plant Oils
Borage (Borago officinalis L.) seed oil is a natural oil from the Borage plant. Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is generally found in low quantities in the human diet as it is derived from plant oils. borage is known to have and has anti-inflammatory effects.Borage has a very high amount of GLA (about 23%) in comparison to other plant oils - for example Evening primrose oil (about 9%).
Borage seed oil is therefore widely used as an anti-inflammatory supplement. GLA is a type of omega 6 fatty acid which our bodies do not make - it has to be derived from our diet or from supplements. Humans cannot make omega 3 fatty acids (from krill oil) as well - both omega 3 and omega 6 oils are long chain fatty acids.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Borage oil is useful in the following areas;Skin disorders including eczema (atopic dermatitis),Seborrheic dermatitis, and Neurodermatitis.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Swelling of the gums, StressPremenstrual syndrome (PMS), Promoting breast milk production, Diabetes, Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), Alcoholism, Pain and swelling (inflammation), Asthma, Preventing heart disease and stroke.
Borage oil is sometimes added to infant formula in small amounts to provide fatty acids needed to promote development of preterm infants.Borage has antimutagenic/anticarcinogenic properties.
Avoid use in pregnancy, bleeding disorders, liver disease.Stop taking borage at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.