Borage oil benefits are not entirely favorite among many essential oil fans. And maybe you are wondering what GLA stands?
I will tell you in a minute, but I want to share with you that the awareness of this beautiful oil increases year by year and the positive trend is about to continue in the next years!
Look at this graphic, prepared by Grand View Research:
U.S. borage oil market revenue by application, 2014 – 2024 (USD Thousand)
Borage oil is a valuable substance for producing
- Cosmetic products, with increasing demand for natural products;
- Medicines, for curing severe diseases such as eczema, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, premenstrual syndrome, heart disease, stroke, cough, depression, diabetes, asthma.
- Dietary supplements – breakfast cereals, functional foods, and meal supplement.
According to Grand View Research, global borage oil market size exceeded 1,500 tons in 2015. Increasing demand for bio-based cosmetics and nutraceuticals is expected to be a key driving factor for the worldwide borage oil market over the forecast period!
OK, the fact is a fact, but why borage oil turns out to be valued by people, who are interested in alternative ways to enhance their beauty and to be healthier?
In the text below, I will tell you about the fantastic borage oil benefits and the reasons to be among your essential oil set.
8 reasons to know borage oil better.
Reason # 1: The GLA champion.
It’s time to reveal that GLA stands for gamma-linolenic acid. It is an essential omega-6 fatty acid, which supports the immune system of our body. The content of GLA in borage oil is very high. The human body produces GLA from linoleic acid.
It is an absolute champion, compared to other GLA rich oils, like black currant and evening primrose oil. Borage oil contains 20% GLA, evening primrose oil around 10% GLA, and black-currant oil around 15%.
Our body needs GLA, but sometimes it cannot produce sufficient quantity of it on its own, so you don’t want to exclude borage oil from your list!
Reason # 2: The anti-oxidant properties.
These properties make borage oil a staunch opponent of cancer cells! What I can only say is WOW!
Reason # 3: It improves the work of the lungs.
Borage oil intake fights respiratory disorders and inflammation processes. You suffer less flu or other cold infections!
Reason # 4: Borage oil is skin friendly.
Our skin needs borage oil to balance the skin oils. Omega-6 fatty acid is one of the main reasons for keeping the balance in a way to avoid skin disorders.
You already know that sometimes our body cannot produce enough omega-6 fatty acid. If we are low on it, borage oil is the best solution. It is especially suitable for eczema issues.
An experiment showed that topical application of borage seed oil had been shown to reduce the symptoms of atopic dermatitis in a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
Overall, the data suggest that nutritional supplementation with borage oil is unlikely to have a significant clinical effect but may be useful in some individual patients with less severe atopic dermatitis who are seeking alternative treatment.
Last, but not least, borage oil restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin. It is one of the best choices for anti-aging, and wrinkle reducing, product lines where it offers regenerative, and firming, properties helping to regain elasticity.
Reason # 5: It works very well against arthritis.
The primary support in this direction comes again from GLA!
It seems that this multi-tasking warrior works on many fronts!
Reason # 6: Borage oil help moms raise healthy kids.
This effect is not so huge. Still, some tests showed that GLA had (an insufficient) effect on arachidonic acid status which was too small to obtain satisfactory concentrations (concentrations similar to breastfed babies) under the circumstances tested.
This is the place to mention that arachidonic acid promotes the repair and growth of skeletal muscle tissue. It is also one of the most abundant fatty acids in the brain.
A study funded by the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1.5-year-old babies were given supplemental arachidonic acid for 17 weeks and showed significant improvements in intelligence, as measured by the Mental Development Index.
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Reason # 7: We can receive support from borage oil regarding losing weight.
GLA triggers fat burning instead of fat storage by enhancing the metabolism. It fuels the burning of brown adipose tissue, a type of fat commonly dormant in overweight people.
Brown fat is also prevalent in young people and female. Women with a lower body-mass index tend to have higher levels of metabolically active brown fat.
Reason #8: It reduces high blood pressure.
An experiment on animals, held by U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, showed that GLA lowered the systolic blood pressure of the tested animals. While more studies need to be conducted in humans, at this stage, we have positive indications!
All these reasons are more than enough to count on borage oil to support us in many health issues we might have!
At the same time, we have to be careful with some possible side effects of borage oil.
- You should avoid borage oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding period;
- You should also pay attention to mixing borage oil and some types of medication.
Read HERE for more details on borage oil side effects.
Of course, it is always a good strategy, in case of any doubts, to speak with a medical practitioner.
Now you know 8 more reasons to like borage oil! And if you have one thing to remember about this amazing oil, my vote goes to GLA!
High concentration of this active acid in borage oil is something you want to use in your favor.
You can use it in it its pure form, regarding your skin care.
Or you can use it as an ingredient of natural and organic products, which are using proven formulas, blending different components, like argan oil, cranberry oil, carrot seed oil, rosehip oil, olive oil, sesame seed oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and other.
But whatever solution you choose, TAKE ACTION! This is the only way to be healthy and beautiful as long as possible!
I would love to hear from you! Have you heard about borage oil? What are your impressions? Write me below, and I will answer you!