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

Initial Posting: 4/27/14  Last Update: 5/10/15
Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, and Black Currant Oil Supplements Reviewed by Flaxseed and Other Popular Seed Oil Supplements Tested, But Not All Brands Pass

Find Out Now If Yours Passed!

Omega-3 and omega-6 supplements for people -- and pets -- in this review:
Barlean's Omega Twin - Flax and Borage Oil Nature's Sunshine Evening Primrose Oil ScienceBased Health HydroEye
Carlson Golden Primrose Nature's Way EfaGold Borage Simply Right (Sam's Club) Flaxseed Oil
CVS/pharmacy Flaxseed Oil NOW Evening Primrose Oil Solgar Evening Primrose Oil
Finest Nutrition (Walgreens) Flaxseed Oil NutriCology GLA Borage Oil Spectrum Essentials Borage Oil
HALO Purely For Pets Dream Coat Optimum Nutrition Flaxseed Oil Spring Valley (Walmart) Flaxseed Oil
Health from the Sun Organic Evening Primrose Oil PetNaturals of Vermont Daily Best for Dogs Standard Process Linum B6
Jarrow Formulas Borage GLA-240 Puritan's Pride Natural Flax Oil Vitacost Flaxseed Oil
Life Extension Mega GLA with Sesame Lignans Rexall Flaxseed Oil Vitamin Shoppe Flax Seed Oil
Nature Made Flaxseed Oil Rite Aid Omega 3-6-9 Vitamin World Flax Oil
Nature's Bounty Evening Primrose Oil    
Make sure the seed oil supplement you take passed our test and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
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-linolenic acid).  Black currant, borage, and evening primrose oils are good sources of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).
But which are the best flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, and borage oil supplements?
Analyses by found that only 14 of 16 products selected for testing and quality rating met criteria for freshness and labeling. One supplement was found to completely lack the omega-6 fatty acid GLA -- indicating that it didn't contain a plant oil it promised. Another product mislabeled its amount of oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid.

You must join to get the full test results and ratings for supplements containing flaxseed, black currant, borage, and evening primrose seed oils along with recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 26 supplements: 16 selected by and 10 others that passed voluntary quality certification testing.  Included are two products for pets. 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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(5/22/14): The distributor of the product which completely lacked the omega-6 fatty acid GLA has admitted to the problem, after initially challenging the findings. It is offering a refund and replacement to consumers. The distributor's internal investigation found that bottles had been filled with the wrong capsules when manufactured. See the Update at the top of the full review for details.

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