Skin Care

Borage Oil | Lemon, Lime & Strawberry Flavor

Various factors in our modern world can take a toll on our skin such as air pollution, an unhealthy diet, fatigue, and stress. We formulated ConCordix Skin Care with 2 key nutrients that provide an important boost for healthy skin. Furthermore, our packaging protects each dose from humidity, light and air oxidation until ready to be consumed. There is no fishy taste or unpleasant fish reflux due to our unique ConCordix technology. Our sugar-free Smart Chews are an advantage over gummies because sugars cause cross-linking of collagen which then reduces skin elasticity.

Supplement facts

  • Borage oil 750 mg
  • Vitamin B7 1 mg

• Serving Size: 1 Smart Chew
• Flavor: Lemon, Lime & Strawberry
• Color: Orange

Health benefits

Borage oil is an effective agent for treatment of such conditions as Atopic dermatitis

Vitamin B7 contributes to maintenance of normal skin and mucous membrane

Our ConCordix technology allows for high payloads, particularly oil-soluble nutrients. For example, one ConCordix Smart Chew can hold up to 750mg of marine oil. One can only imagine a sea of possibilities with ConCordix.

Enhanced absorption

Our patented dosage system packages lipid nutrients in billions of microscopic oil droplets that are stabilized in an emulsion. This technology increases lipid nutrient absorption by 44%. Our unique design is specific to ConCordix Smart Chews which allows the option of combining both lipid with water-soluble nutrients in one convenient dose.

Nutrient absorption

Our GI tract has multiple folds that contain pits which hold finger like projections called villi. These pits, folds, and villi increase the gut’s surface and are what allows for optimal nutrient absorption.

Likewise, mother nature strategically packages nutrients in foods to optimize their surface area. For instance, a piece of salmon contains evenly distributed microscopic oil droplets that significantly increases the surface area of the nutrients that are exposed to the gut.

We took a cue from nature and created a patented technology that packages lipid nutrients in microscopic oil droplets that are stabilized in an emulsion. This unique design is specific to our Smart Chews. You won’t find our patented emulsification system in any other delivery system in the market today.

Sugar-free & natural flavors

ConCordix Smart Chews utilize plant-based sweeteners which provide multiple health benefits. Our sugar-free flavor system addresses health concerns such as dental care, weight loss, and diabetes.

Nutrient stability & earth-friendly packaging

Our thoughtful packaging is made from sustainable material which is designed to effectively protect nutrients from oxidation. Cartons that house the aluminum blister packs are made from recycled material. The blister packs individually seal each Smart Chew, protecting each dose from humidity, light, and air oxidation with no exposure to the elements until ready to be consumed. Light-weight and convenient, our packaging is conducive to an active lifestyle.

Borage oil

Fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, are well-known for their role in reducing inflammation in the body (1). On the other hand, omega-6 fatty acids hold a reputation for triggering low-grade inflammation, but in fact show potential for lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and raising “good” HDL cholesterol (2). Borage oil is one of those omega-6 fatty acids that shows great promise for providing heart health benefits.

What is borage oil?

Borage oil is made up mostly of the omega-6 fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid (GLA) (3). It’s a lesser known fatty acid with promising health benefits (3). Borage oil claims suggest that it could help reduce inflammation in the body such as helping those with arthritis, allergies, or inflammatory skin conditions like atopic dermatitis.

Isn’t omega-6 fatty acid harmful to health?

Some previous studies may have said that omega-6 fatty acids are harmful since its most common form, linolenic acid, can be converted to pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid (2). Research by experts of the American Heart Association have since found that very little linolenic acid converts to this other compound, even when someone consumes a great deal of linolenic acid.

Is there research on the benefits of borage oil?

Research shows that borage oil, because of its GLA content, is an effective agent for treatment of such conditions as (4):
• Acute respiratory distress syndrome
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Atopic dermatitis
• Diabetic neuropathy
• Menopause-related symptoms
It can improve health of the bones as well as reduce inflammation throughout the entire body.

How much borage oil should I consume daily?

When taking borage oil by mouth for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, a dose of 1.1 to 1.4 grams of borage seed oil daily for 24 weeks is safe and effective (5). However, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before taking any new supplement.

Side effects and safety of borage oil

Borage seed oil is generally tolerated in most adults without adverse effects (6). It’s important though to ensure you use a trusted brand of borage oil since this oil naturally contains compounds called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) that can be harmful to health (5). Therefore, choose PA-free borage oil products.
Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have bleeding disorders should not consume any borage oil products (5). Also, due to increased risk of bleeding, those who are planning on having surgery in 2 weeks should avoid borage oil. Those who are taking certain medicines should talk to their pharmacist before taking borage seed oil due to potential side effects. These medicines include anesthesia, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or naproxen, or blood clotting drugs.

Bottom line

Newer research shows certain omega-6 fatty acids, like borage oil, can provide heart health benefits unlike what was previously thought. Borage oil can help reduce inflammation in the body and in turn reduce symptoms of certain inflammatory conditions. Therefore, speak to your healthcare provider today to see if borage oil may help you improve your health in any way.

References

1. Saini, R.K. and Keum, Y.S. (June 2018) “Omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids: Dietary sources, metabolism, and significance- A review.” Life sciences, 203: 255-267.
2. Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School (updated August 20, 2019) “No need to avoid heart-healthy omega-6 fatty acids.” https://www.health.harvard.edu…
3. University of Rochester Medical Center (accessed January 10, 2020) “Borage oil.” https://www.urmc.rochester.edu…
4. Tasset-Cuevas, I., et al. (2013) “Protective Effect of Borage Seed Oil and Gamma Linolenic Acid on DNA: In Vivo and In Vitro Studies.” PLoS One, 8(2): e56986, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p…
5. RxList (accessed January 12, 2020) “Borage.” https://www.rxlist.com/borage/…
6. Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) [Internet]. (2006-present). Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US), https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p…
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Vitamin B7

Vitamin B is a group of bioactives that are water-soluble:

• Thiamine – B1
• Riboflavin – B2
• Niacin – B3
• Pantothenic acid – B5
• Pyridoxine – B6
• Biotin – B7
• Folate – B9
• Cobalamin – B12

Since most B-vitamins are combined in the same food sources (grains, meat and fish), they easily interact and support each other’s function. These vitamins mainly function as co-enzymes in a variety of metabolic and biochemical reactions. B vitamins are essential for:
• Maintaining the energy metabolism
• Cardiac function
• Proper growth and development
• Maintenance of cells and organs

Biotin – B7

Biotin has an important role in the enzymatic breakdown of macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins) which is important for the energy metabolism. This vitamin B7 improves the synthesis of keratin and therefore it is important for the normal growth of hair and the health of the skin and nails.

EFSA has acknowledged the following beneficial effects as a basis for health claims:
• Biotin – B7 contributes to macronutrient metabolism
• Biotin – B7 contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism
• Biotin – B7 contributes to normal psychological functions
• Biotin – B7 contributes to maintenance of normal skin and mucous membranes
• Biotin – B7 contributes to normal function of the nervous system

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