Evening primrose oil, sometimes called EPO, is a herbal extract traditionally used for a wide range of ailments, commonly premenstrual and menopausal symptoms in women.
What is Evening Primrose Oil?
Evening primrose oil is extracted from the seed of the evening primrose plant (Oenothera biennis) and contains the omega 6 fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
Uses for Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil has been tested in clinical trials for such conditions as eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetic neuropathy as well as Raynaud's phenomenon. However there is no scientific evidence as yet of any benefit in treating these conditions with evening primrose oil.
Evening primrose oil was once licensed as a prescription drug for treating eczema in the UK, but this approval was later withdrawn.
Arthritis Research UK says polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids in EPO may help control pain and inflammation. However, it says evidence for the effectiveness of EPO in reducing rheumatoid arthritis joint pain is not conclusive.
Evening Primrose Oil Supplements
While our nutritional requirements vary immensely throughout life, our diets often remain the same. To help address specific nutritional needs at key times, Seven Seas offers Seven Seas Simply Timeless Cod Liver Oil with Evening Primrose Oil, a natural source of marine oil with cod liver oil, rich in Omega-3, Evening Primrose Oil, plus Vitamins D and B6 Vitamin B6 helps support hormonal activity which helps to maintain good health as you get older.