Blackcurrant Seed Oil Helps Regulate Hormonal Levels in Both Men and Women
In women GLA deficiency is the suggested cause of symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, mastalgia and menopause. Supplemental GLA may normalize hormone levels during these times and alleviate/prevent the symptoms. The anti-inflammatory effects of blackcurrant seed oil also offers a natural alternative to drug based PMS treatment which can have undesirable side effects.
Additionally, GLA's hormone modulation capability may help with symptoms of osteoporosis, a condition caused by an hormonal imbalance resulting in brittle and fragile bones.
In men, GLA inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase which modifies Testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT plays a role in causing male pattern baldness and has been implemented as a key factor involved in prostate disease!
A study by a research team at the University of California at Davis, demonstrated the ability of GLA to inhibit the conversion of testosterone into DHT by Dihydrotestosterone up to 80%!
GLA Inhibits DHT activity: A Key Enzyme Involved in Male Pattern Baldness and Prostate Disease