Borage Oil

November 12, 2012

Borage Oil

Borage oil contains similar health promoting ingredients as the better-known evening primrose oil but what are some of the ways in which it can be benefiting?

Borage oil is similar to the better known evening primrose oil in that is contains much of the same health benefiting oils. For example it is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid. This is an important form of omega-6 fatty acid that works in conjunction with omega-3 fatty acids in order to help maintain the proper and healthy functioning of different parts of the body. Continued research is being done into the health benefits that this gamma-linolenic acid may have to offer and it is currently believed that it may contain anti-inflammatory properties. If so, borage oils as well as other products that contain this acid may be used to help relieve symptoms of a number of conditions. However research is still in the fairly early stages and more is required in order to really understand and be aware of what other benefits may be provided by borage oil. Borage oil is considered to be a herbal remedy and it is always best to ask advice from your doctor or nurse when considering adding it to a regular health care regime, particularly if you are taking any medication.

Relief of rheumatoid arthritis

The University of Michigan Health System’s Healthwise Knowledgebase have suggested that borage oil has revealed potential signs of offering relief to patients suffering from symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. A study showed that individual’s who began taking between 1.4grams and 2.8 grams of borage oil on a daily basis experienced some improvement in levels of pain, inflammation and stiffness after a two-month period. This symptoms relief however is by no means a cure and should be taken a long side medical therapies where that can compliment each other rather than as a replacement for any medication.

Skin Irritation treatment

Another potential health benefit of borage oil is as a treatment for certain skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis. However, once again research in this area is still on going and results have not yet proved to be conclusive. Studies in this area are being conduced at The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre. One study focusing on people suffering from eczema found that those who took 500 mg of borage oil every day required slightly less topical treatments to treat their condition than those who were in the placebo group.

Diabetic nerve pain relief

Another potential health benefit of borage oil that is still in early research days in that of relief for nerve pain in individual’s with diabetes. A recent study suggested that diabetic people who used borage oil for a period of at least six months experienced some relief of their nerve pain. This was dependent on the individuals also having good control of their blood sugar levels.

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