|Mega-GLA 240 and Mega-GLA 300 - Borage Seed Oil|
GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid. GLA
is used to produce the soothing intracellular hormonelike messengers known as
series 1 prostaglandins (PGE1), which help maintain the balance of many functions
in the body. GLA supports the immune system and helps maintain healthy skin
and circulation. This essential nutrient is incorporated into our cell membranes,
where it helps to maintain fluidity and permeability. Borage seed oil is one
of the richest sources of GLA.
Borage GLA - Nature's Essential Fatty Acids
In our millenia-long passage from hunter-gatherers to supermarket shoppers,
our diet has undergone profound changes. Specifically, we no longer consume
the unprocessed foods that contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It is the intake
of GLA that creates the soothing prostaglandins that are so important in promoting
the fluidity of cellular membranes for proper nutrient absorption, brain function,
skin health and immune system support.
The borage plant (Borago officinalis), also known as starflower, is indigenous
to southern Europe, but now well established here in North America. This small,
rough-leafed botanical with blue, star-shaped flowers has recently been rediscovered
as the world's finest source of GLA.
What Is GLA?
GLA is an essential fatty acid (EFA). As the name implies, EFAs are essential
in our diet. And as our bodies can't manufacture them, we must get them from
food. Unfortunately, their presence in today's processed American diet is dangerously
low. If we analyze the diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we find that
their primary dietary source of EFAs was wild game, which is much higher in
EFAs than today's domesticated and process-fed animals. Since we evolved on
the hunter-gatherer diet for millennia, and the present American diet has only
been around a few generations, it makes sense that our bodies will benefit by
approximating the positive aspects of our genetically programmed diet requirements
as closely as possible.
How does GLA work?
As an essential fatty acid, GLA is a building block the body uses to ultimately
produce and store energy, and is used in every cell of the body. EFAs help to
make up our cellular membranes and act as "gate-keepers" for our cells. Having
healthy cell membranes is crucial, as every cell must have the ability to take
in the proper nutrients and keep out metabolic toxins. EFAs maintain the fluidity
and permeability of our cellular membranes, promoting nutrient absorption. As
the brain contains a high percentage of fatty tissue, EFAs also promote healthy
One of the most important roles of EFAs is the production of eicosanoids, short-lived
regulatory messenger molecules inside our cells. These hormonelike substances
regulate a variety of metabolic processes in the body, including blood pressure
balance, smooth muscle contraction, proper blood clotting, blood vessel flexibility
and immune system regulation.
Borage GLA - The Natural Metabolic Shortcut
The precursor to GLA, linoleic acid, is found in a large variety of foods, but
converting it to GLA and ultimately to prostaglandins is difficult. There are
many roadblocks along the way-including the consumption of alcohol, saturated
fats, trans-fatty acids and the normal aging process. So, Borage GLA is a good
way of taking a metabolic shortcut and ensuring the production of the crucial
Borage GLA is an oil concentrate expressed from the seeds of the uniquely high-yielding
borage plant using a specialized, non-toxic, solvent-free, coldpressed extraction
Supplement Facts for 240 mg
Serving Size: 1 softgel
Pure Borage Seed Oil 1 g
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) 240 mg
Linoleic Acid (LA) 367 mg
Oleic Acid 149 mg
Palmitic Acid 86 mg
Warning: NOTE: If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your health care professional
before using Borage Seed Oil GLA product.
Suggested Use: 1 or 2 Borage GLA softgels daily with meals.
Source Naturals Borage Seed Oil GLA gelatin capsule contents are suitable for
vegetarians: contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, corn or wheat. Contains
no sugar, starch, salt, preservatives or artificial color, flavor, or fragrance.