Evening primrose is a plant native to North America, but it grows in Europe and parts of the Southern hemisphere as well. It has yellow flowers that bloom in the evening. Evening primrose oil is obtained from the seeds of the evening primrose. Evening primrose oil contains the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid. Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. It plays a crucial role in brain function, and normal growth and development. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), they help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system.
There are several different types of omega-6 fatty acids. Most omega-6 fatty acids in the diet come from vegetable oils in the form of linoleic acid (LA). The body converts linoleic acid to GLA and then to arachidonic acid (AA)
Preliminary clinical research suggests that GLA may be useful for the following conditions:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Eczema and Acne
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Menopausal symptoms
- Balances Hormones EPO + Vitamin E can play a crucial role in balancing your endocrine and nervous systems, naturally working to balance hormones naturally. It can reduce the cramping, anxiety and cravings during menstruation and other PMS symptoms.
Some studies show that taking gamma linolenic acid (GLA) for 6 months or more may reduce symptoms of nerve pain in people with diabetic neuropathy.
Preliminary evidence suggests EPO + Vitamin E may reduce pain, swelling, and morning stiffness.
GLA from EPO has a longstanding history of folk use for allergies. Women and children who are prone to allergies appear to have lower levels of GLA in breast milk and blood.
It is used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. EPO + Vitamin E benefit skin by strengthening the capillary walls and improving moisture and elasticity, acting as a natural anti-agingnutrient within your body.
Preliminary evidence suggests that GLA may help reduce high blood pressure, either alone or in combination with the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in krill oil.
EPO has gained popularity as a way to treat hot flashes associated with menopause.