Evening Primrose Oil, EPO, is derived from a plant found in North America. This plant grows yellow flowers that bloom in the evening time, which is how the name of this essential fatty acid came to be. EPO is found in the seeds of the plant and is approximately 25% essential fatty acids. This means these oils are essential to our health however our bodies cannot make them. Raw material manufacturers cold press the seeds of the flower to make the oil and then they encapsulate the raw material into a dietary supplement. Evening Primrose Oil is an Omega-6 essential fatty acid and is a source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and LA (linoleic acid).
Evening Primrose Acid may help the following:
- Promote Healthy Joints
- Support the symptoms of PMS
- Balance gastrointestinal health
- Support a healthy cardiovascular system
- Nourish the skin
- Protect the integrity of the cell membrane
- Balance hormones
- Provide healthy nerve support
- Improve brain function
- Support the health of the central nervous system
- Aid in the absorption of vitamins K, E and D
Here are 6 areas where research has shown EPO may provide healthy results:
1) Hormone Balance
Essential fatty acids are considered to be the building blocks of hormones. Hormones are required for most every metabolic process in the body. The essential fatty acids found in EPO reduce inflammatory prostaglandins, support hormone balance and support endocrine disorders like PCOS which can affect menstrual cycle regularity, fertility and ovulation.
Prostaglandin, hormone like chemicals found in the body, production is modulated by Evening Primrose Oil. Prostaglandins also play a role in water retention, normal blood clotting and even in labor initiation in the birthing process. Although there are many kinds of prostaglandins they all play a role in the functioning of a healthy body. EPO helps to maintain and promote healthy prostaglandin levels.
Evening Primrose Oil has been shown to increase metabolic function and cervical mucus. These are two key factors needed for healthy menstruation and ovulation.
3) PMS and Women’s Health
Evening Primrose Oil has been shown to support several symptoms associated with PMS like bloating, water retention, mood swings, acne, breast pain and irritability. Usually these symptoms are related to imbalances in hormone levels and research shows EPO can moderate these symptoms when taken consistently. EPO can also help support symptoms associated with menopause making it an essential nutrient for women’s health.
4) Healthy Skin
Evening of Primrose Oil which contains GLA is essential for skin health. GLA has shown benefits in supporting skin issues related to inflammation as well as hormone imbalances. The skin which is the body’s largest organ, needs the Omega-6 essential acids found in EPO to improve skin elasticity and to optimize cell membrane structure. Research has found some benefits for individuals suffering from psoriasis, eczema and generalized skin redness and EPO supplementation.
5) Reducing Inflammation
Evening Primrose Oil is often used to promote balance throughout the inflammatory pathways in the body especially in the joints. It is been use to support the diseases involving chronic inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and atopic dermatitis. Research shows EPO can aid in dealing with symptoms associated with RA.
6) Health Hair
Hair loss common in both men and women is often associated with hormonal changes. DHT, a male hormone, can cause hair follicles to shrink. This reduces the hair’s lifespan and actually can actually slow down hair growth. If DHT is high, which can happen to women with thyroid issues, PCOS and other chronic health issues, hair growth slows. EPO can aid in stopping this hair loss.
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