Black currant seed (BCSO) oil has an excellent fatty acid profile that includes omega-6 alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, and the omega-3 fatty acid, stearidonic acid. It’s fatty acid content makes it the oil of choice for those suffering from dry eye disease or Sjogrens.
SO exerts beneficial effects on the immune system, partly through its ability to down-regulate prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). The age-associated increase in production of PGE2, a hormone-like substance, contributes to the decline in T cell-mediated immune function with age.
To determine if BCSO could prevent this decrease in immune function, researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to examine the effect of 2 months of BCSO supplementation on the immune response of 40 healthy subjects aged 65 and older. BCSO improved a number of markers of immunity in the subjects and significantly reduced PGE2 production compared to the placebo group, leading the study authors to conclude, “BCSO has a moderate immune-enhancing effect attributable to its ability to reduce inflammatory PGE2 production.” Read the full Story at Biosyntrx Friday Pearl