Benefits of Evening Primrose

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A natural remedy for pain relief, skin care and weight loss can be provided by a nutritional supplement known as Evening Primrose Oil (EPO). EPO is a great source of essential Omega-6 fatty acids and contains high properties of Vitamin E. Evening Primrose Oil can be ingested either by liquid or capsule form or used topically as a skin treatment lotion.

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What is Evening Primrose Oil?

Evening Primrose Oil is extracted from the seed of the small yellow wild flower plant of the same name. The flower blooms only in the evening and only for one day. The oil extracted from the plant contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is an essential fatty acid not produced by the human body. The many benefits provided by Evening Primrose Oil include relief for stomach problems, PMS, breast pain and rheumatoid arthritis and is why it is currently marketed as a health supplement.

Pain Relief

The GLA found in Evening Primrose oil is the fatty acid that helps to regulate hormones and improve nerve function. Additionally, GLA contains anti-inflammatory properties. Evening Primrose Oil can also prove to be extremely effective in treating discomfort and pain from migraine headaches and menstrual cramps.

Skin Care

Because Evening Primrose Oil is rich in Vitamin E, it is an excellent supplement to use for skin care. Some of the many benefits in using Evening Primrose Oil for your skin include: a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles; reduces the signs of ageing; hydration for dry skin; a decrease in dark circles and puffy eyes; firmer skin; reduction of blemishes and helps to even out the skin's natural complexion; helps to reduce inflammation associated with breakouts or skin disorders.

Weight Loss

Studies have shown that the use of Evening Primrose Oil as a dietary supplement has proven to be very effective in helping with weight loss. The GLA in the oil does two primary things that are essential in boosting the body's metabolism. First, the GLA activates the underactive fat that is present in an obese body. This underactive fat is known as brown adipose tissue (BAT). Once activated by the GLA, the metabolism is stimulated, allowing more calories to be burnt more efficiently. This leads to the second essential process. When the GLA activates the metabolic process, this is known as the "sodium pump." As the GLA stimulates the "pump," this allows the body to burn additional calories. Low levels of GLA have been found in the study of obesity, and by supplementing with Evening Primrose Oil, these levels can be corrected.

Considerations

If you are taking any supplement, specifically ones not approved by the FDA, you should always use caution. Every individual is different, and if you are taking any other supplements or prescription medication, be sure they will not interfere or cause adverse reaction from Evening Primrose Oil. Minor side effects may include headaches, nausea or indigestion. If you experience any severe side effects such as difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest or an outbreak of hives or a rash, be sure to discontinue use immediately and see your doctor.

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