Oils in the foreground

Oils in the foreground

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Among the numerous oils administered in capsules, the most famous are those of borage, black currant seeds, evening primrose and fish. The first three represent, in descending order, the best sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid extremely rare in the diet. Fish oils, on the other hand, are the only ones that provide EPA and DHA, two polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.

Fatty Acid Supplements: Why?

Supplements of fatty acids, such as those of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc., are recommended in case of insufficient dietary intake, of greater need and / or in the treatment of certain diseases. Fish oils, for example, are almost essential for those who do not like such food.

Oils rich in GLA (see above) are useful in situations where the natural synthesis of this fatty acid decreases, such as aging, stress, abuse of alcohol, sugar and “harmful” fats, deficiency of magnesium and zinc, the intake of corticosteroids (cortisone and derivatives) and some diseases, such as diabetes and liver failure.

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Therapeutic properties

All the oils mentioned are also endowed with interesting therapeutic properties, particularly in cardiovascular diseases (excess cholesterol and lipids in the blood, hypertension), rheumatic (arthritis) and dermatological (dry eczema). Premenstrual syndrome, menopausal disorders and childhood hyperactivity are some other issues that can benefit from borage, blackcurrant or evening primrose oils.

Fish oils also counteract memory loss, learning and concentration difficulties and even some forms of depression. To some extent, black currant seed oil exerts the same beneficial effects on our gray matter. In fact, it differs from the other two GLA-rich oils by the content of two omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic and stearidonic).

And this list is far from exhaustive!

In conclusion, two important clarifications:

  • There are excellent preparations containing borage and fish oil. This association ensures the body a balanced cocktail of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids;
  • The administration of oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids involves a greater need for vitamin E and must therefore be associated with the supplementation of the latter, at a dose of at least 100 mg. Vitamin E is also available in capsules.

5 thoughts on “Oils in the foreground

  1. Axl Henson says:

    A plant native to the East and widespread throughout Europe, borage grows spontaneously in uncultivated places, hedges, vegetable gardens and along the edges of roads. Covered with a light white down, the color of its flowers is a beautiful bright blue (taken from my herbs and olis books)

  2. Sade Rasmussen says:

    The use of borage in cooking and food preparation in general, both of the flowers and of the leaves, are widely known.

  3. Rhona Huff says:

    Confirmet what said above about Borage, it is also consumed in salads and the to enrich risottos and omelettes.

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