A naturally derived botanical oil packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants
Starflower (or borage) oil is extracted from the seeds of the borage plant. It contains a high concentration of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid associated with anti-inflammatory benefits.
Research is limited, but starflower oil is gaining hype as a supplement that could potentially help manage hormonal symptoms:
Keep your cool and minimise hot flashes
A pesky PMS symptom and a commonly reported side effect of contraception
Help ease monthly mood swings, cramps and general aches and pains
Maintain a healthy skin barrier to help prevent further flare-ups
Starflower oil, also know as borage oil, is a natural botanical oil extracted from the seeds of the borage plant. We like to think of it as the underdog of the seed oils; it’s not as well known, but starflower oil offers a higher concentration of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) than supplements like evening primrose. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that can help to reduce inflammation and alleviate sore boobs and annoying symptoms of PMS and the menopause.
Read here for the signs of hormonal imbalance and how to treat it...
Sore breasts can be due to a number of causes but is often not something to worry about.
The effects of starflower oil may not be immediate. We recommend taking it continuously for 1 to 2 months to assess whether you notice any anti-inflammatory benefits.
It will help to keep a symptom diary, especially if you are using starflower oil to ease symptoms of PMS, noting any side effects as well as benefits.
Yep, starflower oil and borage oil are the same thing. Borage plants gained the nickname ‘starflowers’ due to their star-shaped leaves, which we thought was pretty cool.
Both starflower oil and evening primrose oil are naturally derived seed-oils extracted from plants. While research is limited, our community tell us that they can be benefical in helping to ease the management of PMS, menopause and sore boobs, thanks to one key ingredient...
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an essential omega-6 fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. It is found in both starflower oil and evening primrose oil, however starflower oil has a much higher concentration of GLA. The Lowdown’s starflower oil contains over double the amount of GLA than standard evening primrose oil.
As starflower oil is made from a natural substance, it may have fewer side effects than other treatments. The most commonly reported side effects in fatty acid supplements include:
Consult your doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking any other medications. Do not take evening primrose oil if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
Take 2 to 3 softgel capsules of starflower oil daily, preferably with food to aid absorption.
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