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What are the benefits of star flower oil?

Updated February 21, 2017

Starflower oil (also known as borage oil) has been used medicinally for many centuries; it can alleviate symptoms of many ailments because of high levels of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a nutritious fatty acid.

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Heart and Blood Benefits

Starflower oil promotes healthy circulation, which helps lower blood pressure and promote heart health. It can also help regulate cholesterol levels, and prevent cholesterol from building up in arteries.

Skin Issues

The fatty acids in starflower oil promote healthy skin, hair and nails, and minimise discolouration. Also, starflower oil can help with skin issues such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema.

Joint and Nerve Issues

Starflower oil is an anti-inflammatory that can help with joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis; the oil can also reduce pain, swelling and joint damage. Finally, starflower oil also promotes healthy brain functioning, limiting damage from neurological diseases.


Starflower oil can be found at most pharmacies and health food stores in either capsules, gel caps, or as an oil; the maximum recommended dosage is 1000mg per day, as too much can be toxic.


Starflower oil may cause mild headaches, nausea and indigestion, which can be reduced by taking it with food. Certain people should not take starflower oil, including those with liver problems and epilepsy; speak with your doctor before starting any supplement.

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About the Author

Beth Wankel

Beth Wankel is currently working as a freelance writer, editor and as a parenting blogger. She holds a bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in print journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has several years of professional writing and editing experience, namely web writing. Wankel resides in San Francisco with her husband and young son.

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