Evening primrose is a wildflower that belongs to the Onagraceae family of plants. Evening primrose oil is derived from the seeds of the flower which is then purified and then encapsulated ready for consumption by swallowing.
The essential fatty acids in the oil are found to be beneficial to the growth and development to the body. Evening primrose oil has also shown to significantly ease the symptoms associated, the menopause and arthritic pain.
However, this supplement is better known for the relieving the stomach cramps, bloating and general discomfort that can often be apparent in differing degrees for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Most women at some stage during their lives will experience discomfort from PMS ranging from lower abdominal pain to breast pain or general fatigue and lethargy. EPO has often been recommended against more conventional or prescription medications due to being a natural product.
Approximately 85% of women will experience symptoms such as bloating or breast tenderness during the days prior to and shortly after the menstrual cycle. A small percentage of women will suffer from significant symptoms other than those normally experienced by most women during menstruation
Evening primrose oil supplements help to maintain hormonal balance and healthier skin from its rich source of omega -6 GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and its precursor to prostaglandins which regulates these functions.
GLA or Gamma-Linolenic Acid is an omega 6 fatty acid that is predominately found in plant based oils such as the evening primrose flower. The supplementation of omega oils is essential given that it plays a crucial role in brain function and overall development but also that can only derived from consumption as it is not produced in the human body.
Evening primrose supplementation is effective in relieving the symptoms of numerous conditions, disorders and syndromes. Women commonly use EPO during pregnancy for preventing high blood pressure and also to combat premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, breast pain and for symptoms associated with the menopause.
It is also evident, although not conclusively proven, that EPO may also be effective with chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, dyspraxia and many more.
The British Medical Control Agency removed the official license for EPO as an approved prescription for treating eczema and breast pain after concluding there was insufficient evidence that it was entirely effective. However, many will disagree with not only the physical benefits of its consumption but also the psychological effects which can also help relieve certain physical discomforts.