What the re­search says about

starflower oil

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants with a purpose -

Bor­age es­sen­tial oil con­tains sig­nif­i­cant amounts (20-25%) of gamma linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid also known as GLA. GLA has an im­por­tant role in brain func­tion, skin and hair growth, bone health, and reg­u­lat­ing me­tab­o­lism, and is con­verted in the body to an anti-in­flam­ma­tory called prostaglandin E1 or PGE1.

Of the three good oil sources of GLA – bor­age, evening prim­rose and black­cur­rant seed – bor­age has the high­est con­cen­tra­tions.

Stud­ies con­sis­tently show GLA sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing symp­toms of rheuma­toid arthri­tis, in­clud­ing joint ten­der­ness, swollen joints and morning stiff­ness.

Re­search also demon­strates a strong anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect on skin. Bor­age oil in skin creams on dry, dam­aged skin shows an abil­ity to re­store mois­ture and soft­ness.

Other stud­ies show bor­age oil re­duc­ing the re­ac­tiv­ity of heart and blood pres­sure to stress, and al­le­vi­at­ing symp­toms of PMT in some women. Bor­age has been found to re­duce the growth of some types of liver cancer.

The oil is usu­ally taken as a cap­sule but can also be ap­plied top­i­cally.

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