Evening Primrose Oil products consist of the oil of dried, ripe seed of Oenothera biennis. Evening primrose oil is a good source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), a biologically important fatty acid normally produced within the human body from enzymatic conversion of linoleic acid (omega-6 EFA) into its longer-chain derivatives. EFAs are “good” fats that are precursors to various prostaglandins and leukotrienes—and are as necessary for health as vitamins. GLA is associated with beneficial anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. GLA is also a precursor for dihomogamma-linolenic acid, found concentrated in human breast milk. Prostaglandins and leukotrienes influence inflammation and pain so having the right balance of precursor EFA’s in the diet can be critical for avoiding inflammatory diseases. Having an excess of bad fats in the diet, such as trans fats or unnatural hydrogenated fats, can disrupt enzyme pathways needed to convert the precursor EFAs to their important metabolites and this can increase pain and inflammation. Taking GLA helps to swing the balance over to the more favorable prostaglandins and leukotrienes, making it helpful for diseases that involve inflammation. Clinical trials have demonstrated benefits with GLA for treating diabetic neuropathy, eczema, and improving the quality and appearance of normal skin.
Traditional Use/Benefits/Body Systems: Source of essential fatty acids; helps prevent premature aging by reducing wrinkles and maintains healthy elasticity and firmness in skin; helps treat eczema/atopic dermatitis; helps relieve diabetic neuropathY