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Borage Oil

Borage Oil

Borage oil is derived from the seeds of the borage plant (Borago officinalis). It is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid. Borage oil is commonly used as a dietary supplement due to its potential health benefits.


-Skin conditions: Eczema, psoriasis, acne -Anti-inflammatory effects: Rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain -Hormonal balance: Menstrual discomfort, menopausal symptoms -Cardiovascular health: Lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels


Typical doses range from 300 mg to 1000 mg of borage oil per day, taken orally in divided doses. Dosage may vary based on individual health needs and recommendations from healthcare providers.


-Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Borage oil may not be safe for pregnant or nursing women due to potential risks of premature labor and harm to the fetus. -Seizure disorders: Individuals with a history of seizures should use borage oil cautiously due to the potential for worsening seizure frequency.

Special Precautions

-Allergic reactions: Individuals with allergies to plants in the Boraginaceae family (such as borage, ragweed, or chrysanthemums) should avoid borage oil. -Bleeding disorders: Borage oil may increase the risk of bleeding, so caution is advised in individuals with bleeding disorders or those taking blood-thinning medications.

Side Effects

-Gastrointestinal disturbances: Nausea, diarrhea, or indigestion may occur, particularly at higher doses. -Headaches: Some individuals may experience headaches or migraines with borage oil supplementation. -Liver toxicity: Rare cases of liver toxicity have been reported with high doses of borage oil over extended periods.

Drug Interactions

-Anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs: Borage oil may enhance the effects of blood-thinning medications, increasing the risk of bleeding. -Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Concurrent use of NSAIDs with borage oil may increase the risk of gastrointestinal irritation and bleeding. -Phenothiazines: Borage oil may potentiate the sedative effects of phenothiazine medications.

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