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Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose Oil contains naturally occuring Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA). GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid found in Evening Primrose, Borage, and Black Currant seed oils. Although the body can manufacture GLA , it can be more efficiently utilized for body functions when supplied directly by these dietary sources. Evening Primrose Oil has long been revered for providing relief from symptoms associated with PMS and menopause such as cramps, hot flashes, breast tenderness and moodiness.

See more info about conditions that Evening Primrose may help below the product listing.

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BioCare Evening Primrose Oil 30 Capsules
Efamol Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg 30 Capsules
Efamol Evening Primrose Oil 500mg 90 Capsules
Lamberts EPO With Starflower Oil 1000mg - 90
Lamberts Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg (90)
Lamberts Evening Primrose Oil 500mg (180)
Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 1300 mg Softgels - 30
Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 500mg Softgels
Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 500mg Softgels
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What is Evening primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil contains a pain relieving compound used to treat chronic headaches. It is also being studied for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in children, symptoms of menopause, multiple sclerosis, weight control, obesity, PMS and schizophrenia. It has become a standard part of recommendations of many herbalist for maintaining youth and preventing disease.

Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of a fatty acid (GLA) a fatty acid that is the reason for the healing properties of the plant. Evening Primrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of GLA. The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in the oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin and acids also help to regulate hormones and improve nerve to help PMS to migraine headaches. This contributes to healthy breast tissue.

How might Evening primrose help?

Evening Primrose health supplements may:

  • Ease the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis:
  • May  lessen the joint pain and swelling. A study found fewer signs of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers taking GLA than in those taking a placebo. In another trial, the number of tender joints and swollen joints dropped significantly with GLA but not with a placebo.
  • Relieve the discomforts of menopause, PMS, menstruation, endometriosis and fibrocystic breasts:

The GLA in evening primrose oil can help lessen menstrual cramps and may minimise premenstrual breast tenderness, irritable bowel flare-ups, and carbohydrate cravings, and help to control endometriosis inflammation. PMS sufferers usually low levels of GLA in their bodies, so supplements might help significantly. In women with fibrocystic breasts, the oil's essential fatty acids can minimise breast inflammation and promote the absorption of iodine, a mineral that can be present in abnormally low levels in women with this condition. In menopause, it is widely reported that Evening Primrose oil reduces hot flushes and increases feelings of well being.

Evening Primrose May Prevent diabetes-associated nerve damage:

It is thought that GLA in evening primrose oil helps prevent, and in some cases even reverse, the nerve damage resulting from diabetes. Such symptoms as numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation can be less marked in those who take evening primrose oil.

Evening Primrose may reduce the symptoms of eczema:

In some cases, eczema develops when the body has problems converting dietary fats into GLA. Getting extral GLA from evening primrose oil may therefore help. It is thought that the oil can help in relieving the  inflammation, itching, oozing, and flaking caused by eczema. By taking GLA, eczema sufferers may need less steroid creams and drugs, which can cause unpleasant side effects.

Evening primrose may help treat acne and rosacea:

The essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil may reduce the risk of pores becoming clogged and lesions developing. The oil's EFAs help treat rosacea by reducing inflammation, controlling cells' use of nutrients and by producing prostaglandins, which stimulate the contraction of blood vessels.

Evening primrose may help fight damage from multiple sclerosis:

The essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil may minimise inflammation. The fatty acids may also contribute to healthy nerve development when taken over time.

Evening promise may help treat Alzheimer's-related memory deficiencies:

By boosting the transmission of nerve impulses, evening primrose oil may be valuable in treating this progressive brain disorder.

Evening primrose may help counter impotence and female infertility:

By promoting blood flow, the GLA in evening primrose oil can help treat a primary cause of male impotence; compromised circulation leading to impaired penile blood flow. The oil is often taken with vitamin C and ginkgo biloba for this purpose. In addition, when the oil is taken long term, GLA can help prevent blood vessel narrowing, often a consequence of plaque buildup from high cholesterol. By improving uterine function, GLA may also help those who are unable to conceive.

Evening primrose may help nourish nails, scalp, and hair:

The rich stores of essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil not only prevent nails from cracking but also help to keep them generally healthy. In addition, the essential fatty acids nourish the scalp, making the supplement potentially valuable in treating a variety of hair problems.

Evening primrose may help prevent alcohol withdrawal symptoms:

GLA prompts the brain to produce a specific type of prostaglandin called prostaglandin E, which works to prevent withdrawal symptoms such as depression and seizures by indirectly protecting the liver and nervous system.