Rich in gamma-linolenic acid which is an omega-6 fatty acid.
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid, is the active ingredient in evening primrose oil, is a precursor of prostaglandins, a shortage of which may cause the mood changes and cramping experienced by many women suffering from PMS.
A small yellow wildflower used medicinally for centuries. The seed oil, pressed from the seed, is rich source of GLA, derived from linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid from the omega 6 family.
Oil from Evening Primrose is a rich source natural dietary plant source of important omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs). Evening Primrose Oil is about 70% Linoleic Acid and is unique in that it contains 8 to 10 percent of the vital constituent Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which was first isolated from the seed oil of evening primrose, is converted by natural processes in the body to prostaglandins. Prostaglandins have a range of important functions such as regulation of brain, pain management and the immune system functions. Evening Primrose and Black Currant oils are two of the best and proven safe sources of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
Omega-6 fatty acids reportedly reduce the arachidonic acid cascade and decrease inflammation through inhibiting the formation of inflammatory mediators in this process. Fatty acids are an important part f normal homeostasis. The human body can produce all but two fatty acids - omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both must be obtained through the diet or by the use of supplements. Obtaining a balance of these two fatty acids is essential. Essential fatty acids are needed for building cell membranes, and are precursors for production of hormones and prostaglandins. Modern diets tend to be lacking in quality sources of fatty acids.
Essential for proper nerve function and for the prevention of diabetic neuropathy. Evening primrose oil was reported to be beneficial in effecting the course of diabetic neuropathy by decreasing microvascular problems associated with diabetes.
Evening Primrose Oil has been used for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and mastalgia (sore breasts) Studies have shown a reduction in breast pain.
Evening Primrose Oil, which contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), has been determined by Northwestern University, Evanston, IL researchers to inhibit the growth of a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the scientists, GLA is an essential fatty acid that “exerts selective toxic effects on cancer cells without effecting normal cells.” They also discovered that combining GLA with the commonly used cancer drugs trastuzumab (HerpetinTM), paclitaxel (TaxolTM), docetaxel (TaxotereTM), and vinorelbine (NavelbineTM) significantly improved the drugs effects on cancer cell death. Their published report can be found in the 2 November 2005 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
A common biennial herb in North America, where it can be seen growing along road sides. Evening Primrose seeds were gathered by Native Americans for food. The evening primrose plant was grown by Native Americans to treat swelling in the body. In the 17th century, evening primrose was introduced to Europe and became a popular folk remedy, called the "king's cure-all". Later, dietary Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) was first isolated from the seed oil of evening primrose.
Supplementation with essential fatty acids such as EPO has been reported to prevent zinc deficiency, thereby potentially improving immunity.
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Diabetics who do not convert linoleic acid to gamma-linolenic acid will need a quality source of GLA.
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