Borage; also known as starflower; is a plant that was traditionally cultivated for culinary and beneficial uses. However, today commercial cultivation of borage is mainly for the oilseed. The seed oil of borage is desired as a source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is an essential fatty acid in the form of Omega-6.
Borage is the highest known plant-based source of GLA, generally containing a concentration of approximately 24% GLA. This is important because essential fatty acids are necessary for human health, but the body can't make them - they must be absorbed through food or supplementation.
Unfortunately, GLA is one essential fatty acid that you will not find large amounts of in food, therefore it is important to provide the nutrients your body needs through supplementation. For this reason and other health benefits, borage oil is the ideal dietary supplement for GLA.
Research suggests that borage oil may promote healthy skin, hair and nails by supplying the body with essential fatty acids.* It is also suggested that borage oil may be beneficial for promoting optimal skin health.*
Borage oil provides a wide array of health benefits for both men and women. Borage oil in men may help promote healthy circulation.*
Borage oil can be especially beneficial to women for general women's health such as:
A suggested dose of borage oil to get the recommended amount of GLA is approximately 1 to 2 grams per day. However, when supplementing with borage oil it is important to always follow the labeling instructions for the particular product you are taking.