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Lorna Vanderhaeghe

Lorna Vanderhaeghe GLA Borage Oil Skin Oil, 237ml

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Lorna Vanderhaeghe GLA Borage Oil Skin Oil Details

Lorna Vanderhaeghe GLA Borage Oil is unrefined virgin GLA from borage oil.

What to expect from this product:

  • Ensures beautiful, smooth, glowing skin
  • Improves calcium retention in bones
  • Treats eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Stops breast and period pain
  • Stops cradle cap and dermatitis in infants
  • Can also be applied topically along with oral treatment

What is GLA and What are the Benefits

GLA is a " Very" Essential Fat

Essential fatty acids are good fats "essential" 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 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 Borage Oil contains 1,000mg of GLA per serving.

Lorna Vanderhaeghe GLA Borage Oil Skin Oil Reviews*

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  • 1/10  Very Disappointed

    By Charlotte McCrae on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:16 AM

    Effectiveness: 1/10

    (-)  Gave Me An Upset Stomach,Makes Me Bloated,Not Effective,Tastes Bad

    How did you use it?:Everyday

    "I purchased this after reading how this product would effect ones skin from the inside out. The second day I woke up with puffy eyes, that subsided but ended up gaining weight and feeling terrible. After 3 weeks I had to stop taking the products. Am using the Borage oil on my skin, just so I haven't wasted my entire investment."

    Would you buy this product again? No
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  • 7/10  GLA Borage Oil

    By Sandi on Saturday, June 28, 2014 08:24 AM

    Effectiveness: 7/10

    (-)  Gave Me An Upset Stomach

    How did you use it?:Everyday

    "Love it but it really upset my stomach so I ordered it in capsule form....."

    Would you buy this product again? Yes
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  • 5/10  Lorna Vanderhaeghe Glucosmart

    By MB on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:18 AM

    Effectiveness: 5/10

    (+) Easy To Take
    (-)  Not Effective

    How did you use it?:Every Morning

    "I used this product, but I am uncertain it really made any difference for my self..."

    Would you buy this product again? No

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  • 5/10  GLA Borage Oil

    By Pat Mohr on Saturday, December 14, 2013 11:01 AM

    Effectiveness: 5/10

    (-) Makes my sensitive skin feel itchy

    How did you use it?:Every Morning

    "I really wanted to use this product, but with every application my skin would start to itch in the T zone. Not pleasant to use."

    Would you buy this product again? No
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*Review Disclaimer: Not everyone has these results. Product experiences vary from person to person. Please use these reviews for information only as they have not been reviewed by a medical professional. Do not substitute the informatioin in the reviews for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Suggested Use

Adults (12 years and older): Take 1 to 2  teaspoons of Lorna Vanderhaeghe GLA Borage Oil Skin Oil daily with food and/or apply to the skin as needed.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Teaspoon (4.65 g)
Servings per Container: 90

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value *
Total Calories
Fat 4.65 g 7%
    Saturated 0.5 g 2%
    Trans 0 g  
Polyunsaturates 1.5 g  
    Omega 6 LA 1000 mg  
    Omega 6 GLA (20-24%)  500 mg  
    Omega 3 ALA 0 g  
Monounsaturated 2500 mg  
Cholesterol 0 g  
Carbohydrate  0 g  
Protein  0 g  
* Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
  † Daily Value not established
Note: Serving Sizes are rounded to the nearest whole serving

Additional Ingredients: Borage oil, Hi-Oleic Sunflower oil.

Allergy Information: This product does not contain artificial preservatives, colours, or sweeteners; no dairy, soy, wheat, corn, gluten or yeast.

Warning: Sealed for your protection and freshness. Not a significant source of sodium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.

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