Borage oil (GLA). Its properties

Borage oil is a vegetable oil fluid is extracted from the seeds of the plant family of Borragináceas, "Galeopsis. It contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid called Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is very rare in the plant kingdom, but instead is usually in the human organism and in higher animals, such as metabolic derivative of essential fatty acid linoleic acid. The latter comes exclusively from the diet because the body can not synthesize it.

Borage oil and prostaglandins
The content of GLA in borage oil is 20 to 23%, and proves to be a metabolic precursor of prostaglandins of the 1 Series. Prostaglandins are highly active biological substances that form in cell membranes of certain tissues, walls of blood vessels and blood constituents. Its main mission is to maintain homeostasis, ie the conservation of biological equilibrium constants of the blood.

The properties of borage oil
Prostaglandins derived from GLA are anti-platelet action of blood platelets and a vasodilator action of the microvessels of the circulatory system. Other types of prostaglandins, Series 2, completely contrary holding shares, aggregating and vasoconstrictor. Therefore, the decreased formation of the first can cause a range of cardiovascular disorders.

The usual production of GLA from linoleic acid from food (which together with alpha-linolenic acid is called vitamin F) is often diminished by inhibiting the enzyme delta-6-desaturase. This inhibition is caused by a number of physiological situations in the body, such as physical and emotional stress, aging, liver dysfunction, diabetes, cancer, drug treatments, etc..

Moreover, the manifestations of premenstrual syndrome, related to estrogen, progesterone and fluid retention, are modulated by the presence of prostaglandins. The contribution of borage oil increases prostaglandin production of Series 1 and make it disappear, in many cases the discomfort or disorders characteristic of PMS.

Indications and prostaglandins borage oil (GLA)
So taken borage oil both pearls and directly, by its content of linolenic acid (GLA) is recommended as a preventive against:
- Cardiovascular disease and cerebral ischemia.

- In premenstrual syndromes

- Inflammatory

- Atherosclerosis.

- As a protector of skin, nails and hair.

- In hypertension.

- High rates of cholesterol and lipids or fats in the blood.

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