Black Currant Seed Oil

SKU: 1506A
Supportive Function: The use of black currant seed oil has been well researched for its benefits. In addition to being a rich source of the popular gamma linolenic acid, it supplies a balanced amount of all the essential fatty acids (preserved with natural vitamin E).

When is Black Currant Seed Oil helpful? Chronic inflammatory conditions, dermatitis, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, menstrual cramps, immune effects, and cardiovascular conditions, poor wound healing, sparse hair growth, dry eyes.
Clinical Applications Research:
Immune effects: Black currant seed oil (BCSO) has a profound effect on the immune system, and a correlation was found between the oil and the degree of developing resistance to infection and virus accumulation (Vopr Virusol 1993; 38:170-3)

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): A study on rheumatoid arthritis patients showed, "A significant improvement in morning stiffness was noted in the rheumatoid arthritis patients receiving black currant seed oil" (British J Rheumatology 1993; 32:1055-8). A clinical trial with 37 RA patients showed such positive results that the authors concluded that gamma-linolenic acid, "is a well-tolerated and effective treatment for active RA" (Ann Int Med 1993; 119(9): 867-73). The beneficial effects of BCSO on RA may result from its ability to decrease inflammatory cytokine production, which would explain why it is so effective in RA. In a clinical trial where BCSO demonstrated improvement of RA symptoms, "The results suggest that the numerous beneficial effects of (BCSO) in inflammatory diseases such as RA may be due to a reduction in the secretion of the inflammatory cytokines Il-1 and TNF-alpha..." (Br J Rheumtol 1993; 32(12): 1055-8)

Cardiovascular effects: The prostaglandins made by black currant seed oil counteract vessel constriction. Vessel wall thrombus formation (i.e. atherosclerotic lesions) was decreased when a diet rich in black currant seed oil was fed. This latter effect was better obtained when gamma linolenic acid was present suggesting a secondary effect of this fatty acid...We conclude that both fish oil and black currant seed oil rich diets inhibit platelet/vessel wall adhesion (Thromb Res 1990; 59(5): 819-30)

Female conditions: Anti-inflammatory substances produced by black currant seed oil, along with the beneficial immune effects, can have a favorable influence on many female conditions. 

Dermatitis: Supplementation of oil containing 10% gamma linolenic acid was tested on dermatitis, and anti-inflammatory substances were increased. In another study of 12 volunteers, gamma linolenic acid-enriched oil not only inhibited the inflammatory substance LTB4, but the larger dose (1.5g) had a greater inhibition than the .5 g dose (AJCN 1992; 55:39-45).

If biliary colic (digestive upset) is present, check gallbladder function.
Contraindications: None known
Ingredients: Each Capsule Contains: Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol) 5 IU. Proprietary blend 250 mg* of: Black Currant (seed) Oil, (which contains Gamma Linolenic Acid).
Vegetarian: No
Suggested Dosage: 1 capsule daily or as directed
Pack: 120 Capsules
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