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Borage Oil: Rich Source of GLA
Borage (Borago officinalis) is an annual plant that grows wild in
Mediterranean countries. Its culinary and medicinal uses have been known
for over 2,000 years, but borage seed oil has been popular only for the
last decade or so. Since 1989, almost a dozen clinical studies have
examined the medicinal usage of borage with human subjects.
The oil, extracted from seeds by cold
pressing, contains omega-6 essential fatty acids. One derivative of
omega-6 fatty acids is gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Borage oil is one of
the richest known sources of GLA with concentrations of 25 to 30 percent.
The Health Benefits of GLA
GLA is an essential fatty acid the body uses to produce prostaglandins.
During premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or menopause, these hormone-like
substances may be out of balance. GLA has shown in some studies to be
helpful for PMS relief and regulation of the menstrual cycle. It may also
help ease hot flashes and mood swings often associated with menopause.
Clinical studies have verified that borage
oil may also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Research with human subjects has shown
borage oil to be helpful in treating various diseases and health
conditions, but more studies are necessary.
Vitabase Borage Oil is 100 percent pure,
expeller pressed, and hexane free. It is guaranteed to be the highest
Label Information and Ingredients:
Suggested Use: As a dietary
supplement, adults take one (1) softgel capsule, one (1) or two (2) times
daily with meals, or as directed by a health care professional. Store in a
cool, dry place and away from direct light.