This fall has brought on some very dry weather. As forest fires rage here in the Great Smoky Mountains so do skin conditions. Oftentimes if skin issues are related to detoxification or allergens, vitamin c therapy alone will resolve it. But those that use high doses of vitamin c regularly and experience skin ailments are looking for a way to ease their discomfort.
Borage oil contains high concentrations of a fatty acid known as (GLA) gamma-linolenic acid. Some of us do not convert linoleic acid into GLA adequatey due to either nutritional deficiencies or genetic dependencies. There are only a few really great sources known for their GLA content: Borage oil, black currant, and evening primrose oil.
The Institute of Gerontology at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg found that "the consumption of borage oil induced a statistically significant improvement of cutaneous barrier function in the elderly people, as reflected in a mean decrease of 10.8% in the transepidermal water loss. Thirty-four percent of the people noted itch before borage oil consumption and 0% afterwards"(Brosche T., 2000). Borage oil supplementation and topic use can improve the health of the skin for those that suffer from skin disorders.
Borage oil does not just promote healthy skin, it improves the health of the entire body. Here is a list of things that this supplement is beneficial for:
Borage oil lowers inflammation in the body making it an excellent supplement for prevention against inflammatory diseases. Gamma-linolenic acid converts to prostaglandins, protecting the body from inflammation and reducing pain. Tannins within borage oil protects the brain from oxidative stress and improves cognitive performance and memory.
Adding this powerful supplement into ones diet along with vitamin c to bowel tolerance is a great idea. Especially those that suffer from inflammatory, behavioral, and skin disorders. When shopping for borage oil it is always best to look for organic options.
Brosche T., (2000). Effect of borage oil consumption on fatty acid metabolism, transepidermal water loss and skin parameters in elderly people. University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Nürnberg, Germany: Pubmed.