Evening primrose oil has
been ranked as one of the most important supplements of the century. It is recommend for a
large range of ailments including arthritis and premenstrual syndrome. However it is
helpful for nearly every organ in the body.
It comes from the seeds of
the yellow primrose and it contains an essential fatty acid known as Gamma Linolenic Acid
(GLA). This fatty acid is responsible for most of the supplements benefits. GLA is
made by the body into a substance called prostaglandins. These are hormone type compounds
and are used by our body regularly and must be replaced regularly. GLA is affected by our
western lifestyle and diet.
When our body's supply of
essential fatty acids such as GLA is deficient, the effects of premenstrual syndrome,
diabetes, and other disorders may become more evident.
Evening primrose oil may
also be useful in treating sore breasts in nursing mothers, through its anti-inflammatory
action. It may also have an anti-clotting action.
How It May Benefit
Too much evening primrose
oil may cause headaches, skin rashes, and nausea; either lower your dosage or discontinue
supplements must be taken regularly for at least a month before their beneficial effects
can be noticed.
Consult your Health
Professional before using evening primrose oil medicinally for children.
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced
herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Available in capsules and
in liquid form. Use as directed.