The borage plant has been exploited for its medicinal properties for more than 400 years. Borage oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an omega-6 essential fatty acid that the body converts to the anti-inflammatory prostaglandin E1.
Borage oil may be of benefit to people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. High doses of borage oil significantly reduced pain and swelling in arthritic joints. There is some evidence to suggest that borage oil may help people with multiple sclerosis. Some researchers believe that high levels of essential fatty acids present in borage oil could help to combat the inflammation associated with the disease.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, GLA also enhances the transmission of nerve impulses. Together, these facts suggest that borage oil may be useful in treating Alzheimer’s memory disorders. Borage oil is also cited as a treatment for acne, eczema, endometriosis, female infertility, gout, impotence, PMS, psoriasis, respiratory infections and rosacea.
Borage oil should be taken as directed on packaging as borage seeds contain small amounts of liver toxins called pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Side effects of the oil include bloating, nausea, headache, and indigestion. Taking borage oil with food may reduce the risk of side effects.
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