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GLA is a Very Essential FatFatty acids are good fats for optimal health. Unfortunately the North American diet is made up predominantly of bad fats from red meats and processed foods. To make matters worse when an enzyme in the body is impaired we can't make the good fats GLA, EPA or DHA. We can overcome this problem by eating fish or fish oils that contain EPA and DHA but when it comes to GLA the only way to get this important fatty acid is to take it in a nutritional supplement.
GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is found in borage oil (20 to 24%) and to a lesser extent evening primrose oil (8 to 10%). GLA is not found in food in high enough quantities to maintain our needs through diet alone.
GLA Eases Cramps and Breast PainGLA deficiency is a major cause of PMS. A healthy body creates GLA via an enzyme from fats such as sunflower oil into prostaglandins, which are hormone-like compounds that regulate blood clotting, inflammation and muscle contraction. Just before menstruation a cascade of prostaglandins are initiated in the uterus which causes the constriction of blood vessels and contractions that cause pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, bloating and headaches that coincide with PMS. There are good prostaglandins and bad prostaglandins. Painful menstruation and breast pain are caused by low levels of good anti-inflammatory prostaglandins which are made from GLA. In many women with breast pain and terrible PMS their ability to make GLA is often impaired. One trial done at the breast clinic at the University of Hong Kong used GLA for the treatment of cyclical breast pain. Of the 66 women in the study 97% responded to treatment with GLA after 6 months. Further studies have found unusually low concentrations of GLA in the women suffering with period cramps and breast pain. The recommended dose is 1000-2000 mg of GLA per day.
GLA, Menopause and SkinIn women who have gone through menopause, the enzyme that converts food into GLA becomes impaired. GLA is a major component of beautiful skin. GLA makes your skin luminescent, dewy and glowing. The main reason our skin becomes dull and thick after menopause is due to the inability to make GLA. After menopause it is essential that we take a daily dose of GLA to ensure beautiful skin. As we age GLA can reduce inflammation in the skin associated with wrinkled skin. Without sufficient GLA the skin becomes dry, rough and wrinkled.
GLA and Skin HealthGLA helps to maintain the stability and fluidity of the natural water loss barrier in our skin. Skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, cradle cap, acne and dry skin occur. GLA is vital for keeping skin cells moist and strong improving the barrier function of the skin. In one study, 60 patients given 500 mg of GLA per day for eczema had a 90% improvement over 12 weeks. Eczema is a common problem in infants and children. GLA is safe for all ages without the side effects seen with steroid creams.Cradle cap and infant dermatitis or dry crusts on the skin occur on the scalp, face, armpits, chest and groin area and can be treated with topical GLA oil. 48 infants with dermatitis were given twice daily applications of GLA oil for 6 weeks with complete relief. One teaspoon containing 500 mg of GLA should be applied twice a day.GLA has also been found to inhibit male hormones in the skin that cause acne. GLA can be taken both internally and applied externally to acne prone areas with excellent results.
GLA and Bone DensityStudies performed over 18 months found that when GLA was combined with calcium, GLA enhanced the absorption of calcium and improved bone density and prevented bone loss. Sixty five women with an average age of 79 years were given 600 mg of calcium glycinate/aspartate along with 1000 mg of GLA and had up to a 2% increase in bone density whereas the group receiving calcium alone lost 2 to 3% of bone over the 18 month period.Borage oil is the highest source of GLA.
EACH SOFTGEL (1000 mg) CONTAINS:
Take 4 softgels one daily with food.
About two weeks after I started taking 4 of these capsules per day, I noticed a change in my skin...it was more hydrated and soft. Honestly, I feel like I need less moisturizer on my face than I needed before. It's amazing! I wish these weren't so expensive, but I'm going to try my best to keep taking them as I believe they are an excellent anti-aging product.
The pill form is easier to take along than the oil. The oil has to be kept in the fridge.
Do not buy this product. If you read the ingredients, it contains caramel... Not the best thing to have in your supplements.
I chew the softgel and I can taste what is inside. Much richer than the American brand which is cheaper.
Heels much smoother in the winter especially. Need this to balance omega 3 fish oil.
I usually take the oil form. When traveling the pills are more convenient.Great for your skin.
I find it easier to remember to take the capsules rather than the bottled oil.
Each & every product by Lorna is effective, scientific based, comprehensive & great value for money! She is simply the best when it comes to health & nutrition! When you decide purchase & use one of Lorna's products, you know they will work! We should be proud that this is a Canadian company! Her books are inspiring & she knows what she's talking about! Healthy Planet usually has the best prices (when products are on sale) & the best selection!
I was able to get ride of imperfections I had trouble with for years.
I have only been taking these for 1 week. Although the pills are a bit large for me, I have seen a difference in my skin tone. :)
I used to use Evening Primrose oil for breast tenderness..this works SO much better and every month not just most of the time. It also seems to be helping my spot of eczema.
I love Lorna Vanderhaeghe and her products. I have been mixing some GLA Borage Oil into my smoothie every morning and it has made a difference to my skin - it is not as dry as it was. Healthy Planet has the best prices for Lorna Vanderhaeghe products and I just ordered some more.
Each & every product by Lorna is effective, scientific based, comprehensive & great value for money! She is simply the best when it comes to health & nutrition! We should be proud that this is a Canadian woman & a Canadian company! Healthy Planet usually has the best prices & the best selection!
I've been taking GLA for awhile now, and find that it helps my itchy sensitive skin immensely.
My Naturopath recommended this product for blepharitis (irritation of the eyelid margin). I have taken two bottles so far; four capsules/day. I have seen some improvement. Less flaking. Hoping for even more improvement.
I had terrible psoriasis on my eyelids and all around my eyes. I had a recent flare that lasted over two months - red, itchy and very unsightly. I started using GLA and noticed an improvement almost immediately. I am now finishing my second bottle and there is no sign of psoriasis on my eyes or the other spots where I have frequent flare-ups. I highly recommend trying this product for psoriasis!
I have been taking this product for 2 weeks now and have noticed my skin has gotten a little smoother and softer. It is a good quality product.
Much better product than evening primrose oil
I had dry and itchy red patches on my inner wrist and neck. After taking GLA Borage Oil, it disappeared and I am no longer red and itchy. My skin feels softer and smoother all over.
it's been helping with my pms symptoms
A few winters ago, I suffered from extreme skin itch - all over my body - patches on my ankles, my wrists and elbows, my waist etc. The itching was unbearable and I tried many creams and remedies prescribed by my doctors (family, dermatologist, allergist and even a homeopathic). I was told I suffered from winter itch (I have always had dry skin) and that this would most likely be my predicament for the rest of my life (I am now nearing menopause). Problem was - I was having itching spells during the summer as well. I couldn't take the prescription meds and creams any more and decided that there had to be a better way. I came across GLA Oil and thought I would give it a try. It is supposed to help the skin from the inside out. I've been taking it now for over 6 months - my skin feels better and no more itch! Thank you Lorna for a wonderful product!
I have acne skin issues and I'm hoping this oil will help me improve my skin from the inside out. A month in and I am hopeful. Giving this a three month try...
I swear by this product. It has really helped my inflammatory skin condition and moisturizes my skin from the inside out. The price on this website is better than anywhere else I've seen, so I will continue to purchase it here. Love my GLA oil!
I had this some time ago; it made a huge difference for my fingernails.
This product really does help keep my skin looking great from the inside out! Just give it some time & you will see results! Great product from Lorna!
This product really does work on psoriasis. I have mild psoriasis but had it really bad on my scalp.
I tried every shampoo made for the scalp and all I got was stripped dry hair and a huge credit card bill.
In desperation I tried the GLA originally in liquid form and within 3 months my head was noticeably better. I have now been taking this daily for a year and have switched to the pill form. My use of the doctor prescribed medicated cream on my body has diminished to only once in awhile from daily. Thanks Lorna for a product that does what it says!
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