Borage Seed Oil
Borage seed oil is derived from the borage plant. The plant is well known and has been used for over 1500 centuries for medicinal purposes. The key ingredient in borage seed oil is an omega-6 fatty acid; gamma linolenic acid. Gamma linolenic acid decreases inflammation which makes it useful in treating arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Borage seed oil may also improve the health and appearance of skin tissue, according to evidence from research done on animals and humans.(1)
Borage seed oil may help with reducing aches and pains associated with rheumatoid arthritis.(2) It can also ease pain that comes with PMS and endometriosis. Additionally, it is useful with treating inflammation that causes pain and swelling. Skin disorders can also be treated with borage seed oil, especially if they’re associated with essential fatty acid deficiencies.(3) The gamma linolenic acid in the oil may aid in decreasing the risk of clogged pores and lesions developing; thus reducing the risk of contracting acne and rosacea.(3)
Here at Acupuncture Atlanta, we sell Borage Seed Oil by Douglas Laboratories. It comes in ninety soft gels and contains a large concentration of gamma-linolenic acid. The oil in this particular product is cold pressed in order to avoid oxidation. Recommended serving size is one soft gel a day or as recommended by your practitioner.
1. Shikai Products. (2017) Borage Oil: A Little Known Secret for Maintaining Healthy Skin. Retrieved from: https://www.shikai.com/borage-oil/
2. Whole Health Chicago. (2009) Borage Oil Retrieved from: http://wholehealthchicago.com/2009/05/11/borage-oil/
3. Gittleman, Ann L. (2011) Mother Earth Living. Natural Healing: GLA and Borage Oil Benefits Retrieved from: http://www.motherearthliving.com/Health-and-Wellness/gla-and-borage-oil-benefits?pageid=2#PageContent2