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A borage and evening primrose oil supplement for hydrated, radiant skin.

  • Borage oil is traditionally used as a natural skincare product.
  • Evening primrose oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids, important for skin health and for preventing discomfort before and during a period.
  • Vitamin E protects the oils from oxidation and helps defend cells against oxidative stress, a key factor in skin aging.
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Our dietary supplement Borage & Evening Primrose combines borage and evening primrose oils, two of the best sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid known for helping to nourish, protect, and regenerate the skin.

Our supplement Borage & Evening Primrose will thus help keep your skin looking fresh, supple, moisturized, and radiant. And for women who have yet to go through the menopause, it also helps prevent discomfort before and during periods.

Composition and Benefits of our Borage and Evening Primrose Oil Supplement

Borage & Evening Primrose contains:

  1. Borage oil standardized to 20% GLA. Borage (Borago officinalis) is a hardy annual with downy leaves which thrives in stony Mediterranean soils. The oil is obtained from the plant’s seeds and is widely used in cosmetics for its moisturizing and reparative properties. Perfect for dry, mature, or irritation-prone skin, it strengthens the skin barrier, nourishes the skin, and improves its elasticity and radiance. In addition to topical applications, borage oil is often recommended for oral use by naturopaths, always with the aim of caring for and embellishing the skin (1-2).
  2. Evening primrose oil standardized to 10% GLA. Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a tall-stemmed plant with yellow flowers which generally grows in temperate zones. The oil is also obtained from the plant’s seeds and contains important polyunsaturated fatty acids (including GLA), which are excellent for maintaining or restoring healthy, problem-free skin (3-4). In encouraging the production of anti-inflammatory compounds, evening primrose oil also helps prevent the discomfort associated with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and periods (5).
  3. Vitamin E. As well as protecting the oils from oxidation, vitamin E helps shield skin cells from oxidative stress, a primary cause of skin aging (6).

How does the GLA in Borage and Evening Primrose Affect the Skin?

GLA, the key active ingredient in this supplement

The skin benefits provided by our supplement come largely from the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in borage and evening primrose oils.

GLA is an extensively-studied and invaluable omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, of which there are very few dietary sources (borage oil, evening primrose oil, blackcurrant seeds, spirulina, breast milk, etc.). The body also produces small amounts of GLA from linoleic acid (LA), which is found more widely in the diet – in vegetable oils, seeds, oilseeds, etc.

In reality, many people struggle to convert LA into GLA efficiently for a variety of reasons: alcohol consumption, smoking, nutritional deficiencies, aging, etc.

GLA’s mechanisms of action on the health, hydration, and appearance of skin

GLA is converted in the body into DGLA (dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid), an important component of phospholipids that form cell membranes. DGLA affects skin health in a number of ways (7-8):

  • As an integral part of the cell membrane, DGLA improves its integrity and fluidity, promoting a cellular environment that supports fluid balance and strengthens skin’s moisture barrier. This helps keep moisture inside skin cells, reducing water evaporation and helping to make the skin more hydrated and supple. Increasing GLA intake is therefore particularly beneficial for those with dry skin.
  • DGLA is also a precursor of series 1 (PGE1) and 2 (PGE2) eicosanoids and prostaglandins, molecules which help regulate inflammation and reduce the redness associated with various skin conditions. A good intake of GLA is therefore beneficial for those with sensitive or inflamed skin.
  • DGLA also seems to encourage the regeneration of skin cells (aiding healing), smooth out wrinkles, and regulate the production of sebum. Supplementing with GLA can thus be helpful for those with damaged, wrinkled, acne-prone skin, or else.

4 Strengths of our Borage and Evening Primrose Oil Supplement

Borage & Evening Primrose stands out for:

  • Its high daily dose of 1,000 mg of borage oil and 1,000 mg of evening primrose oil which provides 300 mg of GLA a day.
  • The cold-pressed method of extracting the oils which avoids the use of heat, thus ensuring optimal preservation of essential micronutrients, a marker of superior quality.
  • Its high content of antioxidant vitamin E: 26.8 mg per daily dose, i.e., 223% of the RDA, and also a guarantee that the oils are protected and remain effective over time.
  • The choice of mini softgels making the supplement really easy to swallow.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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