Starflower oil (also known as borage oil) has been used medicinally for many centuries; it can alleviate symptoms of many ailments because of high levels of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a nutritious fatty acid.
Heart and Blood Benefits
Starflower oil promotes healthy circulation, which helps lower blood pressure and promote heart health. It can also help regulate cholesterol levels, and prevent cholesterol from building up in arteries.
The fatty acids in starflower oil promote healthy skin, hair and nails, and minimize discoloration. Also, starflower oil can help with skin issues such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema.
Joint and Nerve Issues
Starflower oil is an anti-inflammatory that can help with joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis; the oil can also reduce pain, swelling and joint damage. Finally, starflower oil also promotes healthy brain functioning, limiting damage from neurological diseases.
Starflower oil can be found at most pharmacies and health food stores in either capsules, gel caps, or as an oil; the maximum recommended dosage is 1000mg per day, as too much can be toxic.
Starflower oil may cause mild headaches, nausea and indigestion, which can be reduced by taking it with food. Certain people should not take starflower oil, including those with liver problems and epilepsy; speak with your doctor before starting any supplement.