Natural Borage Oil Offers Relief From Eczema
Eczema and Dermatitis Respond Well to Natural Borage Oil Treatments
If you are bothered by eczema or dermatitis, consider giving borage oil a chance to reduce or
eliminate your symptoms. As with all nutritional supplements, vitamins and alternative health
products, you should inform your doctor that you are taking them to make sure there is no harmful
interaction with prescription medicine you may also be taking.
Eczema is a general term for several types of inflammation of the skin that typically lasts longer
than just a few days. Eczema is also called dermatitis and can produce symptoms ranging from redness
and flaking to itching and blistering or cracking. Eczema is generally considered to be caused by the
same processes that lead to other types of allergy symptoms, but it frequently does not respond to
treatment with traditional allergy medicines.
Fortunately, borage oil is a natural product that may help heal and prevent eczema. Although borage
oil does not work for everyone, scientific studies have proven that it can be useful for some people
in reducing the symptoms of eczema. Unfortunately, there have not been enough controlled clinical
studies conducted to provide perfect guidance on which people are likely to benefit and which are
likely to receive no benefit, nor to provide complete information on the best dose and duration of
treatment. However, borage oil rarely produces side effects and is considered safe for use as a
Borage oil comes from the seeds of the borage plant (Borago officinalis). It is native to Europe
and Africa and was introduced into North America. Borage oil, along with evening primrose oil and
black currant seed oil contain high concentrations of gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is a fatty
acid nutrient that is processed into compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Borage oil
contains between 20% and 25% GLA along with linoleic and oleic acids that are also nutritious
Various skin conditions have been treated by applying borage oil to the skin and also by taking
capsules orally. Oral doses in medical studies have ranged from a quarter gram per day to over a
gram per day. With limited research to base treatment decisions on, it is probably best for a
person to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until either a benefit is seen or until
it is apparent that no benefit is likely.
Some reports have raised the question of liver toxicity. Borage seeds and crude unrefined borage
oil contain small
amounts of toxins known as pyrrolizidine alkaloids; however, these toxins are not found in the
processed oil used as a nutritional supplement. During the purification process, the alkaloid content
is reduced by a factor of approximately 30,000, resulting in a final concentration in the range of
20 parts per billion, detectable only with sophisticated instruments. More detailed information on
this important safety consideration is available at this link where a PDF copy of the full scientific
study can be downloaded: http://www.springerlink.com/content/ag1r362101x20824/.
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