Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose plant. It has many medicinal properties, both internally and externally. Here are 8 health benefits of evening primrose oil:
Evening primrose oil is high in the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic
acid, or GLA. GLA and other essential fatty acids are crucial to the
overall function of the body. Alcoholics and people with diabetes are
often deficient in GLA deficiency, which can contribute to the
development of rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease as well
as a variety of other conditions.
Evening primrose oil is often used to relieve discomfort associated with
PMS and menstrual symptoms. While some studies support this claim,
other studies have been inconclusive. However, there is no denying that
many women around the world have found relief from their symptoms using
evening primrose oil.
Studies show that daily use of evening primrose oil may help lower
cholesterol, lower blood pressure and protect from coronary artery
disease and thereby reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
Evening primrose oil is considered an effective treatment for eczema and
a variety of other skin conditions due in part to its supply of GLA and
other fatty acids that are essential to proper skin health.
Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Reliever
Evening primrose oil has anti-inflammatory properties and may help ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and chest pain.
Diabetics sometimes have trouble producing GLA and evening primrose oil
may be an effective supplement. Studies have found that evening
primrose oil may also help protect from diabetic neuropathy, a nerve
disorder often affecting people with diabetes that causes tingling,
pain, numbness, and other symptoms in the legs and feet.
One study found that two thirds of children suffering from attention
deficit hyperactive disorder showed improvement after taking evening
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Some preliminary studies have shown that taking evening primrose oil in
combination with fish oil may be an effective treatment for chronic
fatigue syndrome. However, more research is needed to prove this