Borage Seed Oil

Borage Seed Oil

What is Borage Seed Oil?

Borage oil is obtained from borage plant also called starflower plant. The oil is rich in the essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The fatty acid is primarily produced by three oils: evening prime rose oil, borage oil, and black currant seed, of the three this oil has the highest concentration of the GLA fatty acids. The plant is found throughout Europe and North Africa.

Properties

Borage oil contains a variety of fatty acids and triglycerides that are helpful in the performance of its physiological functions. In addition, it has trace minerals like calcium and iron

Fatty acid % Triglyceride % Triglyceride %
Palmitic acid 10.7 LnLnLn 0.28 ELL 1.07
γ -Linolenic 21.1 SLLn 3.30 LLL 6.03
Stearic acid 6.4 LLnL 5.24 OLnE 2.76
Eicosenoic 4.2 POLn 6.47 OLLn 8.78
Oleic acid 18.5 LLLn 8.96 PLO 8.03
Erucic acid 2.3 OOL 5.60 PLLn+SLnLn 5.92
Linoleic acid 36.6 OLnLn 1.06 SOLn 1.78

Precautions

  • If you have epilepsy, the avoid using borage oil as it can lead to seizures.
  • Pregnant women should avoid borage seed oil; there is no safety information of use as it can cause premature labor pain.
  • An overdose of borage seed oil can lead to seizures and other complications.
  • If you have liver problems, please stay away from borage seed oil.

Benefits

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Borage oil contains omega-6 fatty acid (gamma linolenic) acid. Oils with this fatty acid are being used for ages to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis. The oils evening prim rose oil and black currant seed oil has been employed by due to high concentration of the fatty acids in borage oil makes it the best.

Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis

When you apply this oil topically, it may improve cradle cap symptoms. Some studies have found that cradle cap appears due to an imbalance of essential fatty acids in their blood system. These essential fatty acids return to normal on the disappearance of skin rashes due to the application of the oil.

Fighting Premenstrual Symptoms

Borage oil has the potential to stimulate your body’s adrenal glands to produce more of adrenaline. The hormone helps improve PMS attacks in women. The glands furthermore control stress and increase your body’s resistance to diseases. Moreover, its analgesic properties help in relieving pain.

Respiratory Effects

Borage has been for long in the market used for the treatment of a cough and sore throat. It contains a gel-like substance called mucilage which helps soothe your mucous membranes.

Improving cardiac Health

Borage oil reduces the inflammation and plaque formation along your arterial walls, increasing blood circulation thus reducing your chances of getting an atherosclerotic cardiovascular infection.

Kidney Effects

Borage oil can act as a gelatin pills. It has a diuretic effect due to its concentration of potassium ions that cleanse the kidney hence help in detoxification of your body.

Hair Revitalizer

Borage oil contains regenerative properties that can revive the scalp cells and hair strands like the skin.

Manicure Adjuvant

GLA fatty acid in this oil moisturizes and strengthens the nails, whereas salicylic acid kills any possible infection on your skin.

Other Uses

Reducing Stress and High Blood Pressure

If you consume borage oil, you have chances of lowering stress 28 days later after supplementation. Though, the mechanism of action is yet to be discovered.

Reduces weight

Borage oil has the possibility of stimulating metabolism and decreasing appetite. This oil also improves your cholesterol profile, leading to less fat deposition and more energy to be active and burn off calories. Though, not commonly used for this purpose.

Side Effects

  • Borage oil may contain ambiline which is hepatotoxic and can cause liver damage. The liver is a critical organ in your body system involved in a lot of process including detoxification its damage gas devastating effects
  • Borage oil is toxic to pregnant women. Initially, studies show that it has a teratogenic effect and it has an antagonistic impact on prostaglandin E can cause labor induction prematurely.
  • Borage oil might increase the bleeding time during surgery. The effect is dangerous as it causes loss of blood and can lead to anemia and its related disorders.
  • Gamma-linoleic acid contained in borage oil can cause increased growth of prostate cells; this can lead to increased chances of development of tumors.
  • Borage oil can cause seizures when consumed in concentrated levels.