Evening Primrose Oil / Borage Oil

Evening Primrose Oil / Borage Oil

Supplements such as evening primrose oil and borage oil are popularly used to treat various types of inflammation like arthritis. The active mechanism is a substance called gamma-linoleic acid, which is converted in the body to prostaglandins that help reduce inflammation.

But the long term use of these supplements may cause a reversal of beneficial effects. After about a year of using such supplements, the cell content of a fatty acid called arachidonic acid increases. This fatty acid, however, favors inflammatory conditions by providing precursors of the production of body substances that promote inflammation. If you cease using the supplements, the extra arachidonic acid content of cells diminishes, as does incidences of inflammation, internal blood clotting and immune suppression.

One solution involves taking supplements such as borage oil or evening primrose oil intermittently rather than continuously.

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