Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil
FACTS ABOUT VITAMIN F - otherwise known as Evening Primrose Oil
The Native Americans and original European settlers used the primrose wildflower as a source of food. The flower is indigenous of Eastern and central North America but is able to thrive in most temperate zones.
VITAMIN F EVENING PRIMROSE OIL OVERVIEW: Vitamin F, more commonly known as evening primrose oil, is derived from the seeds of the evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) plant. The oil is a rich source of both forms of omega-6 fatty acid; linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
These fats serve as a protective coating around nerve fibres and neuronal cell membranes. The body cannot make omega-6, so it must be obtained from dietary sources or supplementation. These fats are essential for human health, as they act as carriers for the important fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and enables them to be utilised by the cells.
Our supplement contains a high amount of GLA; metabolites of which have been shown to reduce inflammation, modulate immune responses and protect DNA.iv In order for the body to function optimally, a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 is required, ideally at a ratio of 2:1.
For this reason, consuming this supplement with a fish oil is recommended. Research shows that those with osteoporosis who take evening primrose oil in combination with fish oil and calcium, can decrease bone loss and increase bone density.
Other studies show that evening primrose oil helps reduce pain, swelling and morning stiffness caused by rheumatoid arthritis.i When taken with or without omega-3, it can reduce blood pressure levels. As well as bone health, omega-6 fatty acids play an important role in normal growth, so they are essential for brain function and muscle development. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that omega-6 triggers the production of hormone-like messengers which are able to reduce inflammation such as fluid accumulation and bloating, as well as alleviate PMS symptoms.i. University of Maryland Medical Centre, Gamma-linolenic Acid. Evening primrose oil, MedlinePlus. Bethesda, Maryland, US: US National Library of Medicine. Botanicals and dietary supplements in diabetic peripheral neuropathy, Kathleen Halat and Cathi Dennehy, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicineiv. Kapoor R, Huang, YS (2006). “Gamma Linolenic Acid: Anti-inflammatory Omega-6 Fatty Acid”. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. 7 (6): 531-534
strength Evening primrose oil 500mg
per softgel evening primrose oil 500mg providing:linoleic acid (omega-6) 73.9%oleic acid (omega-9) 5.6%gamma linolenic acid 10.1%alpha linolenic acid 0.5%other fatty acids 9.9%vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol acetate) 10mg
softgel shell:bovine gelatin glycerin water 92mg,
allergens - this product contains no allergens
recommended dose - take 2-6 softgels a day with a meal, or as directed by a healthcare professionals