- Available in 150ml bottles
- 410mg of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) per teaspoon
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
- Ideal for those who dislike taking capsules
What does it do?
Evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of this native North American plant and is a concentrated source of the Omega 6 fatty acid - gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). It is the GLA content which makes evening primrose oil such a useful supplement mainly because GLA is directly converted into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are substances produced by the body & there are different types which either promote or inhibit inflammation. GLA also has other effects because it gets incorporated into the membranes of various cells in the body.
It is worth knowing that there are other good sources of GLA including blackcurrant and hemp seed oils, but in particular borage (or starflower oil) which is a much richer source of GLA than evening primrose oil. Most studies however, have been conducted using evening primrose oil, which accounts for its popularity.
How can it benefit your health?
Popular applications of evening primrose oil for women include the relief of eczema, easing pms symptoms such as breast tenderness and menstrual pain and helping to manage the redness associated with acne and rosacea.
As we get older, evening primrose oil can be of benefit for a range of other conditions including reduction of diabetic nerve damage symptoms (like tingling & numbness) and lessening the pain & swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis. There are also reports of benefits from evening primrose oil in the management of Raynaud's phenomenon – a common condition of the blood vessels that supply blood to the skin.
Evening primrose oil supplements can also play a part in helping your skin look and feel younger. Benefits may include
- Minimising dark circles under the eye
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
- Making the skin appear firmer and more elastic
- Evening out skin tone
How to take safely etc.
Evening primrose oil is often included in skin creams and lotions and can be applied directly to the skin. Most applications however, require the oil to be taken as a food supplement either in capsule or liquid form. Generally you need to be taking 1000mg up to 3 times a day, which equates to around 250mg of GLA. The supplement is best taken with food to aid absorption.
A small number of people report stomach upsets, bloating or headaches, although these effects may be minimised by taking it with food. Evening primrose oil may interfere with other supplements & medications including blood thinners, so it is advisable to consult your GP before taking it. There is not enough available evidence to indicate the safe use of evening primrose oil in pregnancy and breastfeeding so it should be avoided at these times.
Directions: Take between 1 and 5ml a day. Take before bedtime if taken once a day.
Allergy Advice: None Known
Suitable for vegetarians & vegans
Cold Pressed Oenothera biennis Oil (Evening Primrose Oil), Antioxidant: Vitamin E (D-Alpha (and) D-Gamma (and) D-BetaTocopherol).
1ml provides on average 915mg of Evening Primrose Oil providing on average 82mg of GLA. ½ x 5ml teaspoon will provide on average 2.28g of Evening Primrose Oil (205mg GLA). 1 x 5ml teaspoon will provide on average 4.5g of Evening Primrose Oil (410mg GLA).