Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Plants

Evening Primrose Oil is a natural herbal supplement derived from the seed of the evening primrose plant (there are about 145 different species in the genus Oenothera). Oenothera plants contain fatty acids that are metabolized to prostaglandins which have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects..  In foods, evening primrose oil is used as a dietary source of essential fatty acids and in manufacturing; evening primrose oil is used in soaps and cosmetics.

How Evening Primrose Oil Works

Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the plant Some women with breast pain might not have high enough levels of certain”fatty acids.” Fatty acids also seem to help decrease inflammation related to conditions such as arthritis and eczema.

Alternative Names of Evening Primrose Oil

The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. These fatty acids also help to regulate hormones and improve nerve function aiding problems ranging from PMS to migraine headaches. The hormone balancing effect contributes to healthy breast tissue.

 Evening Primrose Oil Benefits

  1. Nerve Damage Caused By Diabetes. Research shows that taking evening primrose oil daily for 6-12 months improves symptoms of nerve damage caused by diabetes.
  2. Osteoporosis. Taking evening primrose oil with fish oil and calcium seems to decrease bone loss and increase bone density in elderly people with osteoporosis.
  3. Breast Pain (Mastalgia). Research shows that taking evening primrose oil by mouth alone and with a drug called bromocriptine can reduce breast pain.
  4. Diaper Rash. Applying evening primrose oil to infants with diaper rash was similar to applying skin protection cream after 8 weeks.
  5. Dry Eyes. Using specific evening primrose oil product (Qarma) daily for six months improved dry eye symptoms in women wearing contacts.
  6. Dyslexia. Using a specific evening primrose oil product (Efalex) improved mental performance in children with dyslexia.
  7. Coordination and movement problems (dyspraxia). Using a specific product containing evening primrose oil, thyme oil and vitamin E (Efalex) improves movement disorders in children with coordination and movement problems.
  8. Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis). Using evening primrose oil with borage and olive oil can improve some but not all symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.

Caution in Use of Evening Primrose Oil

  1. Taking evening primrose oil along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Slow blood clotting medicines include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
  2. Evening primrose oil might interact with medications used during surgery. To be on the safe side, you should stop taking evening primrose oil at least 2 weeks before surgery.
  3. Taking evening primrose oil along with some medications that are changed by the liver might increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking evening primrose oil, talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.
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