Evening Primrose, or simply primrose, is also known as EPO (evening primrose oil). The seeds of this plant contain two essential fatty acids: gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid (LA). Both GLA and LA may help reduce pain and inflammation.
Evening primrose oil may be beneficial in treating forms of dermatitis (ie, eczema), breast pain resulting from PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menstrual cramps, hot flashes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Sources of Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose is available in the following forms: oil, or encapsulated oil (preferred).
Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.
- Store out of direct sunlight.
- Refrigerate the oil and/or capsules to keep it from becoming rancid.
- Diarrhea and stomach pain may result from a dose that is too high.
- Other side effects include headache and nausea.
- Primrose root should not be used during pregnancy.
- Women with breast cancer diagnosed as ‘estrogen-receptor positive’ should avoid or limit their intake of primrose oil because it promotes the production of estrogen.
- A drug interaction can occur when evening primrose is combined with medication taken for schizophrenia.
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