courtesy of http://www.wiseacre-gardens.com
I've been adding borage oil to my collection of supplements to maintain health and good skin.
Borage oil comes from the seeds of the starflower plant. It is one of the richest sources of GLA (gamma linolenic acid.)
Our body naturally does this:
Alpha linolenic acid + Delta-6-desaturase = GLA + Elongase = Dihomogamma linoleic acid
THEN, for the grand finale:
Dihomogamma linoleic acid + Delta-5-desaturase = anti-inflammatory Prostaglandins series 1 (PG1)
PG1 is super important in keeping our skin healthy and preventing / decreasing inflammatory actions within our body.
However, it's important to have an extra source of GLA because Delta-6-desaturase can get a little lazy or even impaired, especially in people who have skin disorders, like eczema or psoriasis. Obviously, it's good to be a step ahead in the process and supplement GLA so that we get a rich resource to biosynthesize PG1.
I get my borage oil supplements at the Vitamin Shoppe. It's been a regular shopping mecca as I've been taking super care of my health.