BOSTON - In a study conducted a Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, participants suffering with rheumatoid arthritis responded favorably to treatment with Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). The study is the latest in a growing body of evidence that GLA may be an effective adjunct in arthritis treatment.
In the mid 1990s, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts observed that adult rheumatoid arthritis patients receiving borage oil capsules in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies experienced reductions in severity of paid, morning stiffness, joint tenderness and swelling. Similar results were obtained in the Shriners Hospital study. In addition, observations from a study published in Annals of Rheumatoid Disease (vol. 47, 1988) indicated that patients may reduce their dependence on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by adding GLA to their treatment regimens.
Source: Natural Products Industry, Insider®, Volume 5, No. 2, February 7, 2000