Black Currant Seed Oil

gluten free black currant seed oil

Black currant seed oil is extracted from the seeds of black currant (Ribes nigrum or European currant).


Black currant seed oil contains an unusually high amount (15-20%) of gamma-linolenic acid (18:3 omega-6, GLA). It also contains linoleic acid as well as 2-4% stearidonic acid. Dietary GLA competes with endogenous arachidonic acid and down-regulates the formation of excessive levels prostaglandins and other immune mediators.


Scientific data indicate that black currant seed oil possesses anti-inflammatory, lipid lowering and cardioprotective activity.

Potential side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort

Potential drug interactions:

  • Coumadin

Relative contraindications:

  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Chronic anticoagulation therapy


Contents: 100 softgels


Dosage information:

The daily maintenance dose of black currant seed oil varies between 1000 to 2000 mg.

Therapeutic dose: The amount of black currant seed oil used for therapeutic purposes ranges from 4000 to 10,000 mg a day, with 10,000 mg a day being used to treat acute gouty attacks. Those exceeding the maintenance doses must do so under the supervision of their physician due to the increased risk of potential side effects.


Contains no: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.


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Selected references:
Deferne JL, Leeds AR. Resting blood pressure and cardiovascular reactivity to mental arithmetic in mild hypertensive males supplemented with blackcurrant seed oil. J Hum Hypertens. 1996 Aug;10(8):531-7.

Tahvonen RL, Schwab US, Linderborg KM, Mykkänen HM, Kallio HP. Black currant seed oil and fish oil supplements differ in their effects on fatty acid profiles of plasma lipids, and concentrations of serum total and lipoprotein lipids, plasma glucose and insulin. J Nutr Biochem. 2005 Jun;16(6):353-9.

Tate GA, Zurier RB. Suppression of monosodium urate crystal-induced inflammation by black currant seed oil. Agents Actions. 1994 Nov;43(1-2):35-8.

Wu D, Meydani M, Leka LS, Nightingale Z, Handelman GJ, Blumberg JB, Meydani SN. Effect of dietary supplementation with black currant seed oil on the immune response of healthy elderly subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Oct;70(4):536-43.




These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

All information contained on this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment or for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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