Borage Oil-The borage, or starflower, plant, produces seeds that are a rich source of an essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. The body can convert GLA to an anti-inflammatory compound called prostaglandin E1, or PGE1. Borage oil has a reputation for alleviating symptoms of autoimmune disorders, skin disorders, premenstrual syndrome and cramps, diabetic neuropathy and other inflammatory conditions. Prostaglandin 1 is important to our physical health because it keeps our skin healthy and also prevents it from becoming damaged. Prostaglandin 1 also works as a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.
Products containing borage oil that protect our skin come as creams and ointments. Borage oil can also be found in mixtures that can be swallowed.