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Flaxseed and Borage Oil Supplements Shown to Aid Skin Health

Posted: October 9, 2008

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Another possibility is the role of the fatty acids in inflammation. “GLA may be elongated to di-homo-gamma-linolenic acid, which is metabolized to PG of the series 1 and to 15-hydroxyeicosatrienoic acid. “Products of these eicosanoids mediate anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects. However, ALA cannot be metabolized to anti-inflammatory eicosanoids in tissues lacking desaturases. Thus, other mechanisms are likely operative.”

The other researchers involved in the trial were affiliated with the University of Witten-Herdecke in Germany and France’s Laboratoire Oenobiol.

Source: British Journal of Nutrition, published online ahead of print, First View article, “Intervention with flaxseed and borage oil supplements modulates skin condition in women,” Authors: S. De Spirt, W. Stahl, H. Tronnier, H. Sies, M. Bejot, J.-M. Maurette, U. Heinrich, October 3, 2008