Evening Primrose Oil

Scientific Name: Oenothera biennis

Evening Primrose Oil Information

Evening primrose has served as both food and medicine at previous times throughout history, often for upset stomach and respiratory infections. Native Americans ate the boiled, nutty-flavored root, and used leaf poultices from the plant for bruises and hemorrhoids. European settlers took the root back to England and Germany, where it was introduced as food and became known as German rampion because it grew as a crawling vine. Today, evening primrose seed oil (EPO) is used primarily to relieve the itchiness associated with certain skin conditions (such as eczema) and to ease breast tenderness from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or other causes.

Evening Primrose Oil Benefits

  • Considered to be potentially useful for the treatment of many conditions including:
  • Allergies, particularly skin rash or hives
  • Eczema, including redness and scaling in addition to itching
  • PMS, including mood swings and bloating in addition to breast tenderness
  • Arthritis, primarily rheumatoid
  • Dry eyes, from, for example, Sjogren's syndrome (a condition with symptoms of dry eyes, dry mouth, and, often, arthritis)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy, a nerve condition experienced as numbness, tingling, pain, burning, or lack of sensation in the feet and/or legs, from Diabetes
  • Weight loss, particularly if you have a family history of obesity
  • Alcoholism - EPO may help lessen cravings for alcohol and prevent liver damage.

Evening Primrose Oil Nutrient Content

Oil is extracted from the seeds and prepared as medicine using a chemical called hexane. The seeds contain up to 25% essential fatty acids including linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Both LA and GLA belong to the omega-6 family of fatty acids. Although the vast majority of North Americans get too much omega-6 fatty acid in their diet, there are differences, though, between the different types of omega-6 fatty acids in terms of whether they are healthy or unhealthy.

Evening Primrose Oil Notes

Taking EPO while breastfeeding is considered safe as breast milk actually contains both LA and GLA. The Dietary Supplement Information Bureau recommends a daily dosage of 1500 mg of standardized EPO supplement. The most current available medical and scientific literature indicates that this dietary supplement should be standardized to about 8% GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) content per dose.

Evening Primrose Oil Products

  Brand & Product Name  Description  Retail 
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  Health from the Sun : Evening Primrose Oil - Delux 
 30 caps, 1300 mg  $11.99   $8.95   More info Discontinued
  Health from the Sun : Evening Primrose Oil - Delux 
 50 caps, 1,300 mg  $17.99   $12.95   More info Discontinued
  Health from the Sun : Evening Primrose Oil - Delux 
 90 caps, 1,300 mg  $29.99   $21.95   More info Discontinued
  Health from the Sun : Evening Primrose Oil Liquid 
 59 fluid  $17.99   $12.95   More info 
  Health from the Sun : Evening Primrose Oil Liquid 
 4 fluid  $29.99   $21.95   More info 
  Health from the Sun : Evening Primrose Oil - Delux 
 180 caps, 1,300 mg  $53.99   $38.95   More info Discontinued
  Health from the Sun : Evening Primrose Oil Liquid 
 90 veg. caps, 500 mg  $17.99   $12.95   More info 
  Twinlab : Mega EPO (Evening Primrose Oil) 
 60 softgels, 1300 mg  $18.95   $13.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Evening Primrose Oil (cold-pressed) 
 90 softgels, 500 mg  $10.99   $6.95   More info Discontinued
  Natures Way : EPO 
 180 softgels, 500 mg  $20.99   $12.95   More info Discontinued
  Natures Way : Evening Primrose Oil (Max Stability) 
 90 softgels, 500 mg  $12.99   $7.95   More info Discontinued
  Natures Way : Epo (Max Stability) 
 180 softgels, 500 mg  $24.99   $14.95   More info Discontinued
  Natures Way : EPO - (Evening Primrose Oil cold-pressed) 
 90 softgels, 1300 mg  $23.99   $14.95   More info Discontinued
  Natures Way : Evening Primrose Oil Standardized Extract 
 100 softgels  $11.95   $6.95   More info Discontinued
  Natures Way : Evening Primrose Oil Standardized Extract 
 200 softgels  $22.99   $13.95   More info Discontinued
  Natrol : Evening Primrose Oil 
 90 softgels, 500 mg  $18.79   $10.95   More info 
  Nature's Answer : Evening Primrose 
 1 oz  $11.99   $6.95   More info 


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