The Health Benefits Of The Evening Primrose Oil

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The evening primrose oil is an extract of the evening primrose plant, which is used to treat chronic headaches because of its pain relieving characteristic. At present, the oil is usually recommended for women having menopause. Most herbalists used the oil as a dietary health supplement to maintain youth. The North Americans were known to use the medicinal properties of the oil to treat skin eruptions and heal wounds. The healing properties have been attributed to the high concentration of GLA fatty acid. The evening primrose rose oil has been the most popularly known to contain the highest concentration about this substance.

 

 

Benefits of using the evening primrose oil

evening primrose oilThe evening primrose oil is a very good source of essential fatty acids. It is known to help treat the following diseases and skin disorders (some people used the oil to treat the following)

  • Psoriasis and eczema
  • Acne
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – reduces the swelling
  • Osteoporosis
  • Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Cancer – the fatty acids promote iodine absorption, minimize breast inflammation for those with fibrocystic breasts
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Dyspraxia
  • Leg pain due to blocked blood vessels
  • Alcoholism
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Nerve damage related to diabetes
  • Neurodermatitis (itching disorder)
  • Hyperactivity in children
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Obesity and weight loss
  • Cough
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Prevents liver damage
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Counter impotence and female infertility

 

 

 

For pregnant women, it is known to deliver the following benefits

  • Preventing pre-eclampsia
  • Shortening labor
  • Starting labor
  • Preventing late deliveries

 

 

For women undergoing menopause

  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Breast pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Hot flashes
  • Symptoms of menopause
  • Promotes restful sleep

 

 

Most women have a low GLA during menopause. Taking the evening primrose oil helps reduce the menstrual cramp pain made possible by its ability influence the production of the inflammatory prostaglandins.

 

 

What about its anti aging skin care benefits?

The GLA, linoleic acid, and other nutrients contained in the oil demonstrated a very promising ability to influence and improve the cell structure, which may result to better skin elasticity. It has the amazing ability to regulate the hormones. This means giving us the potential to solve and improve the PMS problems of most women. For the skin care, most people found to suffer from eczema have problems converting dietary fats into GLA. The evening primrose oil prevents clogged pores that may result in the development of lesions. As we all know, the lesions oftentimes turn into acne. The essential fatty acids help nourish the nails, scalp, and the hair, thereby preventing the nails from cracking. The EFA of the oil lessens the risk of inflammation, which is a good way to treat rosacea.   Few studies suggest the ability of the oil to prevent and reverse nerve damage. This disorder is very common among the diabetes sufferers. Patients with symptoms of tingling and loss of sensation were reported to claim some improvements.

 

References

Evening primrose oil Website NLM.NIH.Gov

What is evening primrose oil? What is the evening primrose oil used for? Website Medical News Today