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Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a yellow wildflower native to North America. Oil extracted from the seeds of Evening Primrose is a rich source of fatty acids, including some Omega 6 linoleic acid and high concentrations of gamma linolenic acid (GLA).

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Evening Primrose Oil Info

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a yellow wildflower native to North America. The root and leaf were traditionally used by Native Americans as both food and medicine. Oil extracted from the seeds of Evening Primrose is a rich source of fatty acids, including some Omega 6 linoleic acid and high concentrations of gamma linolenic acid (GLA).

Evening Primrose Oil Benefits

All of the following conditions may benefit from supplementation with Evening Primrose Oil. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, consult a health professional before using EPO or any health supplement.

  • Heart disease, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, obesity, asthma, diabetes and related nerve damage.
  • Inflammatory and auto-immune conditions such as rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodermatitis, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), scleroderma, alopecia, psoriasis, allergies and chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Other degenerative diseases including breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism, schizophrenia and osteoporosis.
  • Women’s health issues such as PMS, preconception, preeclampsia, breast pain (mastalgia), fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis and menopausal symptoms, e.g. hot flushes.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including ulcerative colitis, IBS and peptic ulcers.
  • Skin disorders including eczema, acne and hives.
  • Learning and behavioural disorders including dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
  • Depression and tremors from lithium use in bipolar disorder.
  • Connective tissue disorders e.g. Raynaud’s syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome.
  • Whooping cough.
  • Male infertility and male pattern baldness.

 

Evening Primrose Oil Side Effects

  • Within the recommended dosage range EPO is a safe supplement with very few adverse effects reported.
  • Nausea, stomach pain and headache can occur if taken on an empty stomach and diarrhoea may occur at high dosages, indicating the need to reduce intake.
  • Contraindicated for anyone with epilepsy because GLA increases the body’s prostaglandin levels, lowering the threshold for seizures.
  • Contraindicated for anyone taking blood thinning drugs such as warfarin or aspirin due to the anti-clotting action of prostaglandins.
  • If you take any type of medical drug it’s important to consult your health practitioner about possible drug interactions before supplementing with EPO.

Product Reviews

  • Awesome for long, strong nails!

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    I was recommended Evening Primrose Oil for pre-menstrual support, but it has also had the additional benefits of making my nails stronger, and therefore longer than they have ever been! Totally recommend to anyone who has weak nails or who just wants healthier nails.

    Nicola

    4/02/18

  • Nice Skin

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    First time trying Evening Primrose Oil! Pretty happy so far. I generally take 2 per day 1 morning and 1 night. My skin is feeling nice and smooth and not so dry and also think its helping my moods a bit! Good deal on this product! :)

    Brittany

    29/01/18

  • Evening Primrose oil softgels

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    Great product, I have been using these for years, great for PMT and mood swings. Great price at Healthpost too.

    Faye

    26/01/18

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