Borage (Borago offininalis) also called starflower, is a plant that belongs to the Boraginaceae family of plants. Borage has been shown to have a number of health effects in humans and animals, and may have potential as a treatment for mood disorders such as anxiety or depression. Borage flowers and oil both appear to have therapeutic effects against mental illness, and this may be for different reasons, as while the flowers are rich in phytochemical antioxidants, the oil is rich is dihomo-gamma linolenic acid. Both the flower extracts and the oil may have significant anti-inflammatory effects that can be beneficial in treating mood disorders. Traditional medical uses for borage flower and oil extract include treatment of mental health issues. Studies suggest that borage flowers have effects on mood similar to benzodiazepines and in one particular study, 500 mg of borage oil daily for a number of weeks was significantly able to reduce the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder in human patients.
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