GLA / Starflower Oil
What is Star flower oil?
Star flower oil, also known as borage oil is extracted from the seeds of the star flower plant/borage plant. It flowers a pretty purple flower, and grows all over the world. It is the highest plant source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) available to us. It is classified as an omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acid.
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What does Star flower oil do in the body?
Fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. They are needed for every cell in the body. Star flower oil is a polyunsaturated fatty acid, and when you use this type of fat instead of saturated fat in your diet, it contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
Why do I need Star flower oil?
Having enough good quality fats in your diet is essential for good health. Every cell in the body requires fat, as well as many hormones and enzymatic processes, especially the cells in your brain and skin. Your body cannot make omega 6 fats itself, so it is essential that you acquire them through food or supplementation.
We often hear about the importance of omega 3 fats, however omega 6 fats are important too and we cannot make it in our body, meaning that dietary and supplemental intake is our only option. Omega 6 needs to be in balance with omega 3 at a ratio of 2:1. Star flower oil offers and high quality omega 6 fat as gamma-linolenic acid that has not been denatured by cooking.
Omega 6 fats work alongside omega 3 fats to construct hormones, sex hormones, as well as inflammatory and anti-inflammatory hormones called eicosanoids.
If you are looking for an omega 6 supplement, star flower oil is the one to take. Not only does it provide quality omega 6, but leaves a positive impact on agriculture too. It leaves trace minerals in the soil and is a favourite for many bees, where it supportshoney production.
How do I take Star flower oil?
Star flower oil can be taken orally via capsules or liquid. It is also often found in oil blends as well as on its own. Star flower oil is also often found in oil blends that are designed for brain and hormone health.
Star flower oil can be used topically on the skin, rubbed into problem areas such as dry skin or scars.