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

Initial Posting: 11/18/17
Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, Hemp Oil and Black Currant Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com Flaxseed and Other Popular Seed Oil Supplements Tested, But Not All Brands Pass

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Omega-3 and omega-6 supplements for people -- and pets -- in this review:
Barlean's Organic Oils Flax Oil Nature's Answer Liquid Evening Primrose Oil Solgar Evening Primrose Oil
Finest Nutrition (Walgreens) Flaxseed Oil Nature's Bounty Evening Primrose Oil Spring Valley [Walmart] Evening Primrose Oil
Flora Udo's Choice Udo's Oil Nature's Way EFA Gold Flax Oil, Super Lignan Standard Process MediHerb Evening Primrose Oil
GNC Natural Brand Flax Seed Oil Nature's Way EfaGold Borage The Missing Link Ultimate Canine Skin & Coat
HALO Purely For Pets Dream Coat NatureWise Organic Flaxseed Oil The Vitamin Shoppe Omega 3-6-9
Health From the Sun Borage Liquid Gold Nutiva Hemp Oil Trunature [Costco] Evening Primrose Oil
Jarrow Formulas Borage PipingRock.com Black Currant Seed Oil Twinlab Ultra GLA 300
Life Extension Mega GLA with Sesame Lignans Puritan's Pride Evening Primrose Oil Vitamin World Evening Primrose Oil
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Oil Radiance Platinum [CVS] Evening Primrose Oil Webber Naturals Flaxseed Oil
Member's Mark [Sam's Club] Natural Flaxseed Oil Solaray Black Currant Seed Oil  
Barlean's Organic Oils Flax Oil Finest Nutrition (Walgreens) Flaxseed Oil Flora Udo's Choice Udo's Oil GNC Natural Brand Flax Seed Oil HALO Purely For Pets Dream Coat Health From the Sun Borage Liquid Gold Jarrow Formulas Borage Life Extension Mega GLA with Sesame Lignans Manitoba Harvest Hemp Oil Member's Mark [Sam's Club] Natural Flaxseed Oil Nature's Answer Liquid Evening Primrose Oil Nature's Bounty Evening Primrose Oil Nature's Way EfaGold Borage NatureWise Organic Flaxseed Oil Nutiva Hemp Oil PipingRock.com Black Currant Seed Oil Radiance Platinum [CVS] Evening Primrose Oil Solaray Black Currant Seed Oil Solgar Evening Primrose Oil Spring Valley [Walmart] Evening Primrose Oil Standard Process MediHerb Evening Primrose Oil The Missing Link Ultimate Canine Skin & Coat The Vitamin Shoppe Omega 3-6-9 Trunature [Costco] Evening Primrose Oil Twinlab Ultra GLA 300 Vitamin World Evening Primrose Oil Webber Naturals Flaxseed Oil
Make sure the oil supplement you take passed our test and is right for you!
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Seed oils are popular supplements that provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  Flaxseed oil is particularly rich in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and hemp seed oil is also a good source. 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 black currant oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, and hemp oil supplements? 
 
Analyses by ConsumerLab.com found that only 14 of 17 products selected for testing met criteria for freshness and labeling accuracy. The most common problem was with freshness, as indicated by high levels of oxidation.

You must be a ConsumerLab member to get the full test results, ratings, and CL's Top Picks for supplements containing black currant, borage, evening primrose, flaxseed, and hemp seed oils along with ConsumerLab.com recommendations. You will get results for 27 supplements: 17 selected by ConsumerLab.com and 10 others that passed voluntary quality certification testing.  Included are two products for pets. You'll also get information about a supplement that is very similar to another that passed testing.  

In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
    • Which omega-3 and omega-6 supplements passed or failed testing and which were chosen as Top Picks  
    • Direct comparisons of prices, ingredients, amounts of omega fatty acids, and the cost to get these fatty acids from products   
    • What omega-3 and omega-6 supplements can and cannot do for cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases such as eczema, mastitis, dry eye, an acne   
    • Dosage for specific uses  
    • Concerns, cautions, potential drug interactions, and side effects of these seed oil supplements  
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