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Flax and borage supplements may reduce wrinkles

October 7, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments

I have avoided - as astute readers might have noticed - from writing about the anti-aging potential of supplements. It is a highly controversial and complex subject that I don't pretend to understand. As is my wont, I err on the side of skepticism and am not a big pill popper. However, some new research suggesting that flax and borage oil supplements can make you younger from within caught my attention.

Researchers from Germany and France claim that the omega-3 and omega-6 (fatty acids) in flax and borage oils prevent skin from roughening and scaling. Flaxseed consists predominantly of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Borage is mostly omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid (LA).

They recruited 45 non-smoking, healthy women between the ages of 18 and 65 and split them into three groups: one took daily borage supplements, the other flax and the third a placebo. After 12 weeks, there was a decrease in reddening of the skin in the flaxseed and borage oil groups of 45% and 35% respectively. The researchers also recorded greater blood flow to the skin. The flax group also lost less moisture from the skin and both groups saw declines in rough and peeling skin.

The same team also claim that flavanol-rich chocolate may protect against skin reddening.

  • October 8, 2008

    by Stan

    <p>I guess we need a good profile of these Omega oils in general. The Barleans is harvested from small deep water fish so contain minimal Mercury since they are not in polluted waters. Generally, small fish are the best source since a large Salmon will eat millions of little therefore accumulating mercury. </p>

    <p>Here is a good source of Borage, Flax and Fish Oil Capsules:</p>

    <p><a href="http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWE002/ItemDetail?n=4294967187%2b19" rel="nofollow">http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWE002/ItemDetail?n=4294967187%2b19</a></p>

    <p><a href="http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWE020/ItemDetail?n=4294967187%2b36" rel="nofollow">http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWE020/ItemDetail?n=4294967187%2b36</a></p>

  • October 7, 2008

    by marta

    <p>I think they are slightly different. Fish oil has more docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and falx has more alpha linolenic acid. </p>

    <p>There are a couple of things that bother me a little bit about fish oil. Fish stocks are declining. And are we increasing our mercury levels with fish oil supplements?</p>

  • October 7, 2008

    by Stan

    <p> Fish oil seems to be the defacto must take oil, but I wonder if the vegetarian sources are just as good? I last bought Barleans fish oil at Whole Foods. They a slight orange flavor and they have no aftertaste. Overall taking these oils is a good health practice.</p>

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