Borage seed Oil

In the Middle Ages, the bright blue star shaped flowers picked from the borage plant were used in salads and soups for the calming effect they had on people. Today, it’s the oil from the borage seeds that people are typically interested in, mainly for the health benefits provided by gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

Borage seed oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), for which borage is the highest known plant-based source. The seed oil content is between 22-30% GLA. Borage oil, also sometimes referred to as “starflower oil”, offers a healthy source of nutrients necessary for balanced nutrition and diet. GLA’s anti-inflammatory effects provide a wide range of benefits for both men and women.

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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 and arthritic conditions. GLA consumption can also play 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. As well, it may lower swelling and plaque formation 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 due to its anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Weight Management:  GLA may help prevent weight regain.

The borage plant can thrive in any type of soil, growing well with regular watering and good sunlight. As the roots stop growing a few inches below the soil, the plant needs to be protected from damage against the wind and cold temperatures. The plant is grown in shallow drills to a height of 2 to 3 feet, maturing in approximately 6 weeks. Although borage can bloom all season, the seeds are usually sown during springtime and are ready for harvest in summer. The black oblong seeds are collected from the borage plant and are crushed to extract the yellow borage oil.


Skin Health

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

Cardiovascular Health

  1. GLA’s impact on cholesterol. Read more
  2. GLA lowers blood pressure. Read more

Women’s Health

  1. Role of GLA in PMS. Read more

Joint Health

  1. GLA improves symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis. Read more


  1. A Body of Evidence for a Body on Borage. Read more
  2. Bioriginal’s Borage Story. Read more