Nutritional benefits of borage

What are borages?

Borage (Borago officinalis) is a vegetable.

Its looks very similar to spinach but with a light green uniform color both in the stem or in the leaves.

Its flavor is salty with a smooth and pleasant texture, like spinach.

What are the main nutrients of borage? Borage composition

borage composition

As an energy source, 100 grams of borage we provide 21 kcal.

Its proportion of nutrients is divided into:

Minerals and vitamins of borage

  • Borages are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron, but they also contain an interesting amount of phosphorus, sodium, selenium, and small amounts of zinc, manganese and copper.
  • Borages are rich in vitamin A. They also possess significant amounts of vitamin C and vitamin B9, among other B vitamins.

Nutritional characteristics of borage

Borago plant

Borage plant

  • It has a very high water content.
  • It provides little energy.
  • It contains very little fat although a high quality one and with many health benefits.
  • It has a significant content in protein.
  • It is low in carbohydrates, especially starches.
  • It helps to remove toxins from our body, because it contains potassium.
  • Because of its calcium content, it maintains the balance of the formation of strong bones.
  • Because of its magnesium content, it helps the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
  • It helps to prevent anemia because of its iron content.
  • For its vitamin B9, it helps us to grow properly.
  • It protects the skin and helps keep it healthy, because it contains vitamin A.
  • It protects us from colds and helps heal wounds, because it contains vitamin C.
  • It protects us from the toxins and aging, because it contains vitamin A, C, zinc and selenium.

Borage in the kitchen:

How to cook borages

Some recipes

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

10 March, 2022

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