Solgar Super Starflower Oil 1300mg, Provides 300mg of GLA per Capsule. This natural vegetable seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids. Solgars Starflower or Borage oil is obtained by cold pressing, without the use of solvents. Grown without the use of herbicides and pestercides. GLA has mainly been used for diabetes, for its anti inflammatory activity, in bone metabolism, reproductive function and for its hypotensive effects. 30 softgels
Was called Super GLA. Same great product, just a new name.
GLA and health
GLA or gamma linolenic acid is a rare and very special acid. It does two quite different things which make it so useful for so many different health conditions. First, it helps build health cell membranes in every single cell of the body. And secondly, GLA converts in the body to a physiologically-active substance called prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) GLA and PGE1 together are the real heros of the piece.
These are the conditions GLA has been used for:
Diabetes Omega-6 fatty acid supplementation, in the form of GLA from EPO or other sources may assist nerve function and help prevent nerve disease experienced by those with diabetes (called peripheral neuropathy and felt as numbness, tingling, pain, burning, or lack of sensation in the feet and/or legs).
Eye Disease GLA may be beneficial in dry-eye conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome (a condition with symptoms of dry eyes, dry mouth, and, often, arthritis).
Osteoporosis A deficiency in essential fatty acids (including GLA and EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid) can lead to severe bone loss and osteoporosis. Studies have shown that supplements of GLA and EPA together help maintain or increase bone mass. Essential fatty acids may also enhance calcium absorption, increase calcium deposits in bones, diminish calcium loss in urine, improve bone strength, and enhance bone growth, all of which may contribute to improved bone mass and, therefore, strength.
Menopausal Symptoms Although EPO has gained some popularity for treating hot flashes, the research to date has not demonstrated a benefit of GLA or EPO over taking a placebo. With that said, there are individual women who report improvement therefore, it may be worthwhile to talk to your doctor about whether it is safe for you to try EPO or another form of GLA supplements to alleviate hot flashes.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Although results of studies have been mixed, some women find relief of their PMS symptoms when using GLA supplements from EPO or another source. The symptoms that seem to be helped the most are breast tenderness and feelings of depression as well as irritability and swelling and bloating from fluid retention. Breast tenderness from causes other than PMS may also improve with use of GLA.
Eczema Several early studies suggested that EPO (rich in GLA) is more beneficial than placebo at relieving symptoms associated with this skin condition such as itching, redness, and scaling. However, more recent studies have not had the same positive results testing GLA supplements derived from EPO. The bottom line is that whether EPO and GLA supplements work for someone with eczema may be very individual. Talk to your doctor about the possibility and safety of trying GLA for this condition.
Allergies People who are prone to allergies may require more EFAs and often have difficulty converting LA to GLA. In fact, women and infants who are prone to allergies appear to have lower levels of GLA in breast milk and blood. To date, the use of EFA's to prevent allergic reactions or reduce their magnitude has had mixed results. There have been some reports of individuals lessening their allergic reaction by taking GLA from EPO. For example, one young boy who broke out in hives when around dogs, no longer had this response after taking EPO for one month. Well-conducted research studies are needed to determine whether EPO can be helpful for large numbers of people with allergies. On the other hand, a study evaluating dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acids relative to the risk of having hay fever (called allergic rhinitis) found different results for this other type of allergic reaction. Nurses in Japan with higher amounts of omega-6 in their diet were more likely to have hay fever.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Some preliminary information indicates that GLA, from EPO, borage oil, or black currant seed oil, may diminish joint pain, swelling, and morning stiffness. GLA may also allow for reduction in the amount of pain medication used by those with rheumatoid arthritis. The studies to date, however, have been small in size. Additional research would be helpful, including testing a proposed theory that using GLA and EPA (an omega-3 fatty acid from fish and fish oil) together would be helpful for rheumatoid arthritis.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Research to date has suggested an improvement in symptoms and behaviors related to ADHD from omega-3 fatty acids. Results of studies supplying omega-6 fatty acids in the form of GLA from EPO or other sources to children with ADHD, however, have been mixed and, therefore, not conclusive. More research on GLA for ADHD is needed before conclusions can be drawn. In the meantime, ensuring a healthier balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the diet seems worthwhile for those with this behavioral condition.
Cancer Results of studies looking at the relationship of omega-6 fatty acids to cancer have been mixed. While LA and AA are cancer promoting in studies of colon, breast, and other cancers, GLA has shown some benefit for breast cancer in certain studies. The information is not conclusive and is somewhat controversial. The safest bet is to eat a diet with the proper balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, starting from a young age, to try to prevent the development of cancer.
High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease Animal studies suggest that GLA, either alone or in combination with two important omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA both found in fish and fish oil, may lower the blood pressure of hypertensive rats. Together with EPA and DHA, the GLA helped to prevent the development of heart disease in these animals as well. It is unclear whether these benefits would occur in people. In one study evaluating people with peripheral artery disease (blockage in the blood vessels in the legs from atherosclerosis [plaque] causing cramping pain when walking), men and women with this condition did experience improvement in their blood pressure from the combination of EPA and GLA. Much more research is needed in people before conclusions can be drawn. Plus, it may not be the GLA conferring the benefit at all - the omega-3 fatty acids, which are better known for improving blood pressure and the risks for heart disease, may be solely responsible.
Ulcers Very preliminary evidence from test tube and animal studies suggest that GLA from EPO may have anti-ulcer properties. It is premature to know how this might apply to people with stomach or intestinal ulcers or gastritis (inflammation of the stomach).
These are some of the problems a supplement high in GLA can help with: Diabetes, Eye Disease such as in Sjogren's syndrome, Osteoporosis, Menopausal Symptoms, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Eczema and other skin problems, Allergies, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cancer, High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease Ulcers.
Each softgel provides: Starflower (Borage) Oil (cold pressed) 1300mg, providing Linoleic acid 403mg, GLA 300mg, Oleic acid 176mg, Palmatic acid 110mg. Softgel Capsule shell (gelatin, glycerin) from palm oil, Water. Free of Gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, yeast, preservatives, sweeteners, artificial flavours or colours.
Take 1 Capsule daily, preferably after a meal, or as directed by your health care professional.
Keep out of reach of Children.
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