Starflower oil is extracted from borage seeds. It can be used to help relieve premenstrual stress syndrome (PMS), joint pain and chest congestion. Starflower oil is available in liquid form and as capsules.
All you need to know about Starflower Oil
What are the benefits of starflower oil?
Starflower oil contains an omega-6 fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is known to reduce inflammation, ease pain in the joints and reduce swelling. GLA is also found in evening primrose oil, and helps to keep body cells healthy. It can be taken to ease symptoms associated with the menopause, such as feeling hot flushes and sweats. Starflower is also believed to aid skin health, as it helps to protect the epidermis (the outer layer).
How much starflower oil should I take?
Adults should take 1000mg of starflower oil per day to get the full benefits. This provides you with 200mg of gamma linolenic acid (GLA). For those taking starflower oil to combat inflammation, this dosage can be increased to up to 3000mg per day, but you should always consult your GP first. Starflower oil should be taken with food to increase absorption into the body.
Can starflower oil help with hormone balance?
Yes – it has been suggested that many symptoms associated with menopause and PMS can be treated with starflower oil. The gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in starflower oil can help symptoms such as fluctuations in mood, tenderness in the breast area and skin problems such as acne. The GLA in starflower oil can also help to regulate prostaglandin production, which are chemical messages that are linked to your body's inflammation reactions such as swelling and pain. If you frequently struggle with symptoms of the menopause or PMS, starflower oil may help. Talk to your GP before taking supplements.
What are the side effects of starflower oil?
Side effects from starflower oil are very minor, and include flatulence and bloating in the stomach. If you have a disorder of the blood or are on blood-thinning medications, you should not take starflower oil until you have consulted a doctor.