currant seed oil is derived from the seeds of the plant Ribes nigrum.
It is a rich source of the n-6 (omega-6 ) polyunsaturated fatty acid
gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Black currant seed oil contains about 15 to
20% GLA. The n-3 (omega-3) polyunsaturated fatty acid alpha-linolenic
acid (ALA) is also present in blackcurrant seed oil (12 to 14%) as is
the fatty acid linoleic acid. Also present, in smaller amounts, is
stearidonic acid. The various fatty acids are found in blackcurrant seed
oil in the form of triacylglycerols, also known as triglycerides. GLA
is concentrated in the sn-3 position in blackcurrant seed oil as it is
in evening primrose oil.
Benefits of Black Currant Seed Oil
Supports dry irritated skin
Supports premenstrual symptom relief
Supports nerve health
Black Currant Seed Oil is a dietary supplement to support premenstrual symptoms and skin health. Black Currant Seed Oil contains the seed oil extract that yields gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid (EFA). Black Currant Seed Oil is helpful for women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome.
Omega 6 EFAs like GLA are used by the body to produce prostaglandins which help support immune system function, skin health, and menstrual cycle health. GLA has been shown to help with symptoms of PMS such as breast tenderness, depression, or low mood states. Black Currant Seed Oil supplements can also be helpful for menopausal women.
Black Currant Seed Oil supplements help to support skin health as the GLA protects from water loss that leads to itchy, dry skin.
The terms black currant seed oil and black currant oil are used interchangeably. According to a study published in February 2000 by researchers at Tufts University in Boston, 4.5 gm daily of black currant seed oil was able to promote cell-mediated immune function. In addition, a similar study found that black currant seed oil had an immune-enhancing effect attributable to its ability to reduce prostaglandin E production. Other studies have found that the extract has anti-inflammatory properties due to its capability of stimulating the production of prostaglandin-1, an anti-inflammatory hormone.