Borage

How does Borage work?

Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA seems to have anti-inflammatory effects. Borage flower might have an antioxidant effect.

Are there safety concerns?

Borage seed oil seems to be safe for most adults. Other borage products can contain dangerous chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which can damage the liver or cause cancer, especially when used in high doses or for a long time. Only use products that are certified and labeled PA-free.

Do not take borage if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have liver disease.
  • You have a bleeding disorder.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Boldo might increase the risk of bleeding.

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