Black Currant seed Oil

In the early 18th century, black currant seeds were extensively used for skincare and more recently, the oil from the seed was discovered to be a potent source of the omega-6 fatty acid, GLA. This omega-6 fatty acid is beneficial for skin health, cardiovascular health, joint health, women’s health and weight management.

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GLA:  When we consume GLA, it increases our body’s production of two hormone-like compounds called prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) and hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETrE). These compounds are responsible for lowering swelling and inflammation seen in a number of health conditions, improving skin health, heart health, women’s health, arthritic conditions and plays a role in weight management.

  • Skin Health: GLA helps maintain a healthy glow by restoring moisture and smoothness to dry or damaged skin. It alleviates inflammation and itchiness seen in skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis. GLA also lowers skin moisture loss experienced as we age.
  • Cardiovascular Health : GLA improves cholesterol levels and lowers blood pressure induced by high stress situations, ultimately calming our nerves. It may lower swelling and plaque formation seen in the arterial walls.
  • Women’s Health: GLA improves pre-menstrual and menopausal symptoms such as mood health and breast sensitivity.
  • Joint Health: GLA lowers symptoms seen in arthritic conditions and osteoporosis.
  • Weight Management:  GLA may help prevent weight regain.

The black currant plant can thrive in different types of soil but grows best in well-drained soils and in good sunlight. The rootstock is planted in a hole, twice its diameter. It takes over a year to grow, requiring water in dry periods and fertilization in late winter. The dark brown seeds are collected and crushed to extract blackcurrant seed oil.

Abstracts

Skin Health

  1. GLA’s impact on patients experiencing atopic dermatitis.  Read more
  2. GLA’s role in improving smoothness of skin. Read more
  3. GLA’s impact on cholesterol. Read more.

Cardiovascular Health

  1. GLA lowers blood pressure. Read more.

Articles

  1. Black Currant Oil: Nature’s Own Multivitamin of Good Fats. Read more