Starflower (Borage) Oil 1000mg Softgel Capsules

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Supplement form 1000mg Softgels Is a form of Herb and plant extract Ingredients Borage Oil (20% GLA) (Cold Pressed)  Vitamin E (Dl Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) Gelatin Glycerol Purified Water Dosage Take one to two capsules daily with food. Cautions If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medication or under medical...
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1000mg Softgels

Is a form of

Herb and plant extract

Ingredients

  • Borage Oil (20% GLA) (Cold Pressed) 
  • Vitamin E (Dl Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)
  • Gelatin
  • Glycerol
  • Purified Water

Dosage

Take one to two capsules daily with food.

Cautions

If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medication or under medical supervision, please consult your GP or medical professional before taking supplements. Do not exceed recommended dose. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. Store is a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children NOT intended for use by persons under the age of 18

Alternative Names

Starflower oil is also famously known as  borage seed oil or simply, borage oil. The term 'borage' was coined from the scientific name of starflower plant, Borago officinalis, a native plant of Syria. Other names include bee bread, tailwort, ox's tongue, common bugloss, and Echiun amoenum.

What is Starflower Oil?

Starflower oil contains an array of fatty acids which makes it highly marketable. The main ingredient present in borage seed oil or starflower oil is GLA or gamma-linolenic acid. GLA is a type of omega-6 fatty acid and is contained in 17.28%, being the highest known percentage in a plant. As a GLA rich supplement that is in a better class than even evening primrose it has become popular and is a source of other fatty acids such as oleic acid, stearic acid, erucic acid, nervonic acid, palmitic acid, eicosenoic acid and linoleic acid. 

How does it work?

Borage oil is valuable as a medication owing to its main ingredient, GLA. As revealed by a report of a study in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, the lack of GLA results in PMS as the bodies of women block the natural conversion of linoleic acid to GLA. With the use of borage oil supplements the LA content of the body is significantly increased easing PMS symptoms.

Similarly, the medical properties of starflower oil are mainly due to the presence of GLA. There are no in-depth studies of the mechanisms and efficacies of the GLA and may be more complex when compared with synthetic ones. GLA is attributed to many activities including antithrombotic, anti-inflammatory an d immunosuppressant action as well as increasing of HDL-cholesterol concentration and the decrease of plasma triglyceride levels.

Used To Treat

The following conditions have been treated over the ages with starflower oil:

  • Osteoporosis and diabetic neuropathy
  • Disorders stemming from inflammation such as gout, ulcerative colitis, gum diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and Sjogren’s syndrome
  • PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome and symptoms of menopause, infertility in females and endometriosis
  • A range of skin ailments including infantile seborrheic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema and rosacea
  • Chest congestion, thrombosis, hyperlipidaemia or the rise in triglycerides and cholesterol, hypertension
  • Disorders of the respiratory system such as asthma, acute respiratory syndrome, cough, depression and cystic fibrosis

Key benefits

While the benefits of starflower oil are many folded its most favourable benefit is the treatment of arthritis. Persons suffering from morning stiffness, swollen joints and tenderness in joints are relieved by suppressing these symptoms. Symptoms and ailments usually treated with borage oil include relief from PMS, suppression of inflammations and thrombosis, relief from itch and other varied skin conditions.  

Goes well with

It is believed that starflower oil can be a factor in the decrease of blood sugar levels when combined with other herbs and supplements. No studies have been conducted on the interaction of starflower oil with other drugs at present. 

How to take/dosage

Starflower oil is commonly used both externally and orally. The oil is applied directly to affected areas of the skin on a daily basis. When ingested orally the recommended dosage that has been in established is one or two grams daily. 

Possible side effects

If the above dosage is adhered to there will be no serious side effects. Reported side effects so far include belching, headaches, nausea, bloating, skin rashes and constipation. Additionally, it can be the cause of lowering of seizure threshold. 

Interactions

There are no official or extensive studies with regard to starflower oil. However, it may be instrumental in suppressing or impeding certain medical conditions such as anti-inflammation, anticoagulation, anti-thrombosis and antiplatelet. Therefore, persons using anticoagulants, anti-inflammatory drugs, medication for hypertension or sedatives as well as those taking anticonvulsants for the treatment of epilepsy have to use starflower oil only in consultation with their physician. Patients with vulnerable immune systems should take extra precautions. It is not to be taken by pregnant mothers as starflower oil can cause premature labour. 

Safety concerns

The seeds, flowers and leaves of the borage plant are revealed to have traces of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). These can be toxic in high concentrations an can affect the liver. Although the oil may not contain any of these toxins it can be contaminated during extraction and processing of the oil. This is the reason why certain commercial products certify as being free of PAs. In some reported cases foxglove which is poisonous has been confused with borage plants. Extra care has to be taken when using the borage plant in its natural form and when it comes to products look for the certification that it contains borage oil and is free of toxins.

Always go by the instructions of the manufacturer or be guided by your physician when using starflower oil or related products since its effectiveness and safety have not been established as yet. 

Things to note

Aside from borage oil, there are other plants marketed as omega-6 supplements. A lot of health benefits are being shown for this supplement, but there also experts who are concerned and have questioned the long-term effects of supplemental omega-6.

Scientific support and reference citations

Herbal therapy for treating rheumatoid arthritis

What are the benefits of Starflower Oil?

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