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Product Review: Black Currant, Borage, Evening Primrose, and Flaxseed Oil Supplements: Sources of ALA and GLA (Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids)
 

Initial Posting: 1/10/11  Updated 8/3/13
Flaxseed, Evening Primrose, Borage, and Black Currant Oil Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com Spoilage and Labeling Errors Found with Some Omega-3 and -Omega-6 Supplements; Most Pass Tests

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Alphabetical list of omega-3 and omega-6 supplements reviewed

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Plant seed oils are popular supplements that provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  Flaxseed oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linoleic acid).  Black currant, borage, and evening primrose oils are good sources of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).
 
Analyses by ConsumerLab.com found that only 11 of 17 products selected for testing and quality rating met criteria for freshness and labeling. Two plant oil supplements tested were found to be spoiled.  Several contained too little or much more of their listed ingredients. Some omega-3 and omega-6 supplements did not properly label the type of oil from which they were made, a FDA requirement.

You must join to get the full test results and ratings for supplements containing flax, black currant, borage, and evening primrose seed oils along with ConsumerLab.com recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 26 supplements: 17 selected by ConsumerLab.com and 9 others that passed voluntary certification testing.  You'll also get information about two supplements similar to ones that passed testing. 

In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
    • Which omega-3 and omega-6 supplements failed testing and which passed our testing
    • Direct comparisons and quality ratings of omega-3 and -6 supplements that include flaxseed oil, black currant oil, borage oil, and evening primrose oil 
    • What omega-3 and omega-6 supplements can and cannot do for conditions including cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases (eczema. mastitis, dry eye)  
    • Dosage for specific uses of various plant seed oils
    • Concerns, cautions, and potential drug interactions of plant seed oil supplements 
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