The GLA Skin Oil is one of my absolute favorite products. Part of my Glowing Skin Protocol, this product works. If you are interested in smoother, more vibrant skin along with a healthy glow, this product is for you. For radiant results that will redefine what you thought was possible for your skin, use the GLA Skin Oil along with the So Ho Mish Miracle Cream and Collagen Plus.
Each teaspoon of GLA Skin Oil contains:
GLA (From organic Canadian borage seeds).....500 mg
This product does not contain artificial preservatives, colours or sweeteners, dairy, soy, wheat or yeast. Vegan friendly and gluten free.
Free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
Adults (12 years and older): Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of GLA Skin Oil daily with food and/or apply to the skin as needed.
GLA is a "Very good" Fat
Fatty 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 Pain
GLA 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 - 2000mg of GLA per day.
GLA, Menopause and Skin
In 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 is the beautiful skin oil.
GLA and Skin Health
GLA is a component of healthy skin. GLA 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. 60 patients given 500mg 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 500mg 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 Breast Cancer
In a British study women with advanced metastatic breast cancer taking Tamoxifen (a cancer drug that blocks estrogen) who also took GLA had a much faster response than those on Tamoxifen alone. Participants received 300mg of GLA per day. The United Kingdom Cancer Research Campaign reports that GLA holds great potential in new cancer treatments.
GLA Skin Oil and Bone Density
Studies 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 600mg of calcium glycinate/ aspartate along with 1000mg 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. GLA SKIN OIL contains 500mg of GLA per serving.
GLA and Eczema
Research from the 1930s to the 1950s established that a deficit of Omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) leads to an inflammatory skin condition in both animals and humans. In eczema, there is evidence of low blood EFA concentrations and of a therapeutic response to exceptionally high doses of gamma linoleic acid (GLA).
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q - Why is there sunflower oil in the GLA 237 ml product?
A - There is sunflower oil in the GLA Skin Oil because we needed a carrier oil and sunflower has great research for skin! It is a high oleic (85%) monounsaturated organic oil. It has also been shown to not have any estrogen or inflammatory effect, and it is rich in Vitamin E (all forms, not just alpha) as well as carotenoids.
If you are looking for just borage oil, our GLA Softgels do not contain any sunflower oil. They are 100% GLA.
Q - GLA Oil contains Omega 6. Aren't we supposed to have more Omega 3 than Omega 6 because Omega 6 is inflammatory?
A - Consider GLA in a separate category (even though it is in the omega 6 family). GLA acts differently and is broken down differently than other omega 6 oils. GLA is indeed in the Omega 6 family, however it is NOT the same as other omega 6 oils. Consider GLA to be an essential fatty acid and a 'good fat.' The GLA Skin Oil contains GLA from Borage because these seeds contains the highest percentage GLA at 24%. Evening Primrose contains 8% and Hemp is 2%. Our body naturally needs this specific oil for beautiful skin and to retain moisture in the skin. It also also acts as an anti-inflammatory. The problem is that most people with skin conditions such as ezcema, stress and poor diet and/or menopause cannot convert other omega 6 oils into GLA because the enzyme is deficient. They become deficient in this fatty acid. You are right in that we do not need to overdo most omega 6 fatty acids coming from canola, cottonseed and soybean and anything deep fried – these are found in a lot of processed foods, sauces and salad dressings. Too much red meat and peanuts will also lead to inflammation. You would want limit intake of those oils to decrease inflammation. Fish and Flax oil does not contain GLA. You still need to consume your fish oils but don't overconsume them. Too much Omega 3 can indeed create a deficiency in Omega 6 and vice versa for too much omega 6. We need both. In the Omega 3 family the essential fatty acids to take are EPA and DHA. So GLA is indeed essential and a good fat. Try the GLA challenge where you take 2 TBSP GLA per day for 10 days and watch your skin transform.
Q - I read on the internet that Borage oil contains small amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the flowers, leaves, and stems which might possibly cause liver damage.
A - PA's come from the leaves of Borage, not the seeds. The oil in the GLA Skin Oil comes from the seed oil only. You can be assured the GLA Skin Oil does not contain PAs.