Borage Oil

Written by Kimberly Clark
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The use of the borage plant as a healing agent dates way back to the 1600s. However, only the oil from the plant's seed has demonstrated scientific evidence of any actual health benefits. The curative nature of borage oil is attributed to the fact that it is one of the richest naturally occurring sources of a form of omega 6 known as gamma-linolenic acid or GLA.

A normally functioning body should be able to convert linolenic acid (LA) obtained from omega 6 to a chemical called prostaglandin E1 (PE1). PE1 is similar in nature to hormones. Sometimes things occur that can cause the body to function improperly and thus disrupt the normal conversion process.

The Case for Direct Supplements

If this happens, GLA (which is normally derived from LA) can be supplemented directly. The direct supplementation is crucial since the body is already having some difficulty producing PE1 from LA and may not have enough LA to generate any GLA.

The direct supplementation of GLA essentially circumvents the failed LA conversion process, allowing the body to produce the needed PE1. The PE1 is instrumental in either reducing or increasing inflammation, depending on the medical needs of the body. As a supplement, borage oil can be taken in the form of oil, a capsule, or as a softgel. Consuming borage oil with food might enhance the absorption of the GLAs it contains.

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