Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is a rich source of omega-6 fatty acids such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid (LA). It is beneficial to our health and overall wellbeing, especially women.
|Relieves premenstrual symptoms|
|Reduces menopausal symptoms|
|Promotes hormonal balance|
|Promotes healthy skin|
HOW EVENING PRIMROSE OIL WORKS
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is converted into dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) which reduces inflammation in our body. Low levels of GLA is found in women with premenstrual symptoms and supplementing with evening primrose oil may help to relieve it.
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
DGLA is associated with anti-inflammatory effects as they will be further metabolize into prostaglandins which promotes anti-inflammation and supplementation of GLA does increase the body’s level of DGLA . Some women with pre-menstrual syndrome have elevated prolactin levels, and there is evidence that PGE1, derived from DGLA is able to attenuate the possible effects caused by abnormal prolactin levels [2,3].
1. Sergeant, S., Rahbar, E., & Chilton, F. H. (2016, August 15). Gamma-linolenic acid, Dihommo-gamma linolenic, Eicosanoids and Inflammatory Processes. European journal of pharmacology.
2. DF, H. (1983, July). The role of essential fatty acids and prostaglandins in the premenstrual syndrome. The Journal of reproductive medicine.
3. Watanabe, Shinji & Sakurada, Miho & Tsuji, Hiroaki & Matsumoto, Seiichi & Kondo, Kazuo. (2005). Efficacy of .GAMMA.-linolenic Acid for Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome, as Assessed by a Prospective Daily Rating System. Journal of Oleo Science. 54. 217-224. 10.5650/jos.54.217.