Starflower Oil

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.

  • 100 softgel capsules
  • 500mg of starflower oil per softgel

⭐ Hormonal symptom relief
🌾 Gluten free

Total:

£


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Benefits of Starflower Oil

Research is limited, but starflower oil is gaining hype as a supplement that could potentially help manage hormonal symptoms:

Menopause

Keep your cool and minimise hot flashes

Sore Breasts

A pesky PMS symptom and a commonly reported side effect of contraception

PMS

Help ease monthly mood swings, cramps and general aches and pains

Acne

Maintain a healthy skin barrier to help prevent further flare-ups

What is Starflower Oil?

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.

Image showing process of making starflower oil, showing the plant and seeds being extracted, cold-pressed into oil and encapsulated into the shell

How long does it take for starflower oil to work?

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.

Is borage oil the same as starflower oil?

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.

What is the difference between starflower oil and evening primrose oil?

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.

image showing starflower oil with 18.5% GLA compared to standard primrose oil with 9% GLA

What are the side effects of starflower 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:


  • Bloating

  • Indigestion

  • Nausea

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.

How to take starflower oil

Take 2 to 3 softgel capsules of starflower oil daily, preferably with food to aid absorption.


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