In recent years borage seed oil has gained much attention by alternative health practitioners and the medical establishment for its medicinal properties. Borage oils active component, gamma linoleic acid (GLA), has had extensive research done. Studies dating as far back as 1940 have shown GLA to benefit your health. But back in the 1940s most of the research was done on primrose oil, now a days borage oil gives you more GLA for your buck making borage the oil of choice for most consumers. Other sources of GLA are black current seed oil and spirulina.
Why should one supplement GLA?
In a healthy body, GLA can be produced from linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is found in omega 6 family of oils, such as corn, safflower, and sunflower oil. Americans eat approximately ten times more omega 6 than omega 3 and most nutritionists agree that a 1:1 ratio is needed for optimal health. Some individuals dont have the ability to convert linoleic acid to GLA and this is why supplementation is needed.
The foods produced today use hydrolyzed oils, thats the conversion of polyunsaturated oils into semi-solid altered saturated fats like margarine used in commercial food production....