Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What do you think of black currant oil for its anti-inflammatory properties? I am sensitive to fish oil and looking for a suitable alternative.
A: GLA (gama-linoleic acid) is a non-essential fatty acid with many important roles in the body. Your body usually makes GLA from linoleic acid, which you obtain from foods. Its autoimmune function, specifically towards rheumatoid arthritis, is still under investigation; however, large doses have shown some promising results. GLA is also used for asthma, eczema, diabetic neuropathy, and weight loss. Since you are sensitive to fish sources for omega-3 and omega-6 oils, black currant seed oil, borage oil, and evening primrose oil can be used as alternative sources.
You may also find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful for inflammation: “Chronic Fatigue” and “Abundant Energy”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.