Borage Oil Benefits

Written by Kimberly Clark
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The prostaglandine EI (PE1) produced from the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) contained in borage oil has been clinically shown to suppress inflammation. Thus, listed foremost amongst the borage oil benefits, is its ability to reduce swelling and inflammation. This makes the use of borage oil quite an effective treatment for relieving the symptoms of inflammatory disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Another benefit of the GLA obtained from borage oil is that it improves the overall function of the white blood cells classified as T-cells. This in turn assists the body in fighting off viral infections. Additionally, preliminary studies have shown that by lowering the presence of atherosclerotic plaque, the GLA present in borage oil shows promise in lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which are big contributing factors to cardiovascular disease.

Additional Benefits of Borage Oil

Among the other borage oil benefits is the ability to make insulin work more effectively. This is truly useful for sufferers of diabetes. It also eases the discomforts of endometriosis, and prevents the attachment of platelets to each other.

Borage oil is also useful for clearing up acne by diluting the thick oily substance (known as sebum) that is secreted in high levels by the skin of people with acne. Because of GLA's ability to reduce dryness, borage oil is often used cosmetically as nourishment to keep the skin soft and supple and to replenish moisture to the hair, scalp and nails.

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