Evening primrose is a medicinal plant from North America. Evening primrose oil is extracted from its seeds and has been used for centuries to mitigate a variety of health problems.
Evening primrose oil is made up of omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (cis-linoleic and cis-gamma-linolenic) and non-essential fatty acids, such as oleic acid, all of which are essential for several processes in the body. Since we cannot synthesise the essential ones in our body, we need to ingest them through diet for proper cell and brain function: they are precursors of cell mediators with a regulatory function.
Evening primrose oil has widely described properties. It is an antioxidant and emollient, as well as a good source of precursors of the mediator substances mentioned above. It is used both orally, in the form of a dietary supplement, and as a dermal application. Its great moisturising and nourishing power is very suitable for skin affected by dermatitis, eczema and dryness. It relieves itching in these skin conditions, whether acute or chronic, that involve dryness.
As a dietary supplement, one of its main applications is to provide comfort and alleviate the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and menopause. The omega-6 it contains helps to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms caused by the drop in oestrogen during menopause, as well as regulating the menstrual cycle, reducing premenstrual pain and bloating. In some chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, it can help to reduce oxidative stress.
If you are taking anticoagulant medication, avoid taking this dietary supplement, as it has an anti-platelet action. When in doubt, always consult a healthcare professional. Take the supplements in the context of a varied and balanced diet.