Evening Primrose Oil – A Special and Neglected Remedy

 butter yellow evening primrose flowerEvening Primrose Oil is special; not because it is an essential oil that we need to be healthy and not even because it comes from a plant that blossoms between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm in the evening.

Evening Primrose Oil or EPO is special due its rich content of a powerful oil called GLA which has "both anti-inflammatory and anti proliferative properties" and that means that it may be expected to be useful as part of an anti-cancer treatment.

GLA stands for Gamma Linolenic acid by the way and is found in foods such as oats, barley and Spirulina.

And because it is an anti-inflammatory oil it can be used to treat many diverse illnesses

Such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, diabetes and cardio-vascular disease – all of which have inflammation as a major part of the symptoms.

It is not just such serious diseases that have been treated by Evening Primrose oils more familiar disorders such as eczema, PMS and hyperactivity in kids all benefit.

Of course in Natural and Nutritional Treatments we don't just use one oil or one vitamin to treat a disease but Evening Primrose oil can be a central part in the treatment.

How much of these oils you need is the next question. That will depend on your diet. If it contains a lot of saturated fats, trans fats and sugar from bakery goods as well as smoking and alcohol then you can expect to need to take higher dosages of the oils

The other factor is vitamins and minerals or the lack of them.

The Evening Primrose oil we take will go through a series of changes to transform the EPO we take to the GLA we want and each change needs a particular mineral or vitamin.

If that nutrient is missing from our diet then the change does not happen and the powerful effect of fighting inflammation and fighting cancer will be missing too.

This may be a case not so much of what you eat killing you but more a case of what you don't eat killing you.

Essential minerals to boost Evening Primrose Oil are zinc, magnesium and calcium. Several of the B complex vitamins play a part too so rather than taking the individual supplements of niacin etc it makes more sense to take a decent B complex.

As a "side effect" of taking Evening Primrose oil you can expect to notice better skin, better nails and better hair.


Photo credit  Davidshort

AuthorAlex Newell ND

I love learning and being healthy so as soon as I came across Yoga, read and practised to get the health benefits. When I was approaching middle age my health declined under the onslaught o stress and possibly poor diet, I had a perfect opportunity to learn more and I qualified in both Osteopathy and Naturopathy. Our health really is in our own hands and not in the hands of "The Doctor" or our Genes :-)

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