Gla Safflower Oil

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Ardbeg Says:

While borage, evening primrose and black currant are well known GLA sources, GLA safflower oil delivers the most potent concentration of GLA available. With 400 mg per gram, it is twice as concentrated as borage and four times as concentrated as evening primrose.

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Jenna Says:

Hi Ardbeg,

Thank you for providing that information. For those who don't know, GLA stands for Gamma-linolenic acid which is an omega-6 fatty acid that can help reduce inflammation and cell growth. The body uses GLA to produce prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that aid the regulation of the immune system). GLA can be used to treat or prevent a variety of conditions, including:

rheumatoid arthritis
chronic fatigue syndrome
eczema (and other skin related issues)
metabolic syndrome
high cholesterol
PMS symptoms
In some cases- cancer and heart disease

Some people don't produce enough GLA on their own (ie: diabetics) and in that case, supplementing with borage, evening primrose, black currant, or safflower oil may be beneficial under the care of a medical doctor.

You can learn more about this drug on the page for Gamma-linolenic-acid-GLA Details

I hope the additional information is helpful!

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Ardbeg Says:

Hi Jenna,

Very nice write up! I would like to point out that regular safflower oil does not contain GLA-- people need to look specifically for GLA safflower oil. One source is GNC, who offer GLA safflower under their GNC "Ultra Potency GLA 500" brand. They also have have a fish oil and GLA combination product.

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