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  Evening Primrose Oil with GLA


Evening Primrose Oil helps with rheumatoid arthritis inflammation and eczema. Evening Primrose Oil helps ease breast tenderness from PMS.

Evening Primrose Oil is a good source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) as well as linoleic acid. GLA is an essential fatty acid that the body converts to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1(PGE1). PGE1 has anti-inflammatory properties.

Evening Primrose Oil is well known to help in liver and spleen conditions by working through the stomach. It has been used in Europe to treat multiple sclerosis and helps rid the body of toxins caused by a bad diet. It is special in its action to stop thrombosis (blood clots) by opening the blood vessels.

Evening Primrose oil relieves the pain of angina, and helps in preventing inflammation and the pain of arthritis.

Scientists have pinpointed how evening primrose oil fights breast tumors. It is down to a substance in the oil called gamma-linolenic acid that acts on the same receptor in tumors as the powerful breast cancer drug Herceptin.

Unlike Herceptin, which blocks the Her-2/neu receptor, GLA interferes with the gene carrying the DNA code needed to make the receptor work.

The US work in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute applies to about 30% breast cancers.

New information about Evening Primrose Oil helping skin problems, female problems (menstrual cramps, hot flashes) and Endometriosis are reported to be relieved. In laboratory tests, Evening Primrose oil stops the growth of many kinds of cancer cells, suggesting it should be a cancer prevention. Whooping cough and many types of coughs can be helped along with some headaches, nervousness, depression, eye problems and hyperactivity in children. Dosages vary with each person from 2 to 10 capsules each day.

Key Benefits of Evening Primrose Oil

  • Helps with Rheumatoid Arthritis inflammation

  • Helps with Eczema and other skin conditions

  • A good source of omega-3 and omega-6, essential fatty acids (EFAs) necessary for optimal health, maintaining cell structure and producing energy

  • Contains about 72% (1.1 g) omega-6 and 9% (135 mg) gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

  • GLA improves circulation and hormonal balance, making it a great choice for women with PMS symptoms

  • Unrefined and cold expeller pressed

Why Evening Primrose Oil?

There are about 50 essential elements our bodies require for everyday health and longevity. They are considered �essential� because our bodies cannot manufacture them; we must acquire them from the diet. Most of these essential elements are vitamins, minerals and amino acids, but two are essential fatty acids known as omega-3 and omega-6.

Vegetarian Evening Primrose Oil is best known for its success in relieving Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). It has also been nutritionally useful in the treatment of arthritis, high blood pressure and cholesterol. This is due to the rich (72%) omega-6 and (9%) gamma linolenic acid (GLA) content.

GLA plays an important role in the body�s first step in converting omega-6 to series one prostaglandin (PG1). PG1�s job is to keep the blood thin and moving smoothly. When healthy blood flows through the body, inflammation, high blood pressure, and some PMS symptoms are reduced.

In most healthy individuals, this conversion process (omega-6 to GLA to PG1) happens automatically. However, about 20% of the population cannot convert omega-6 into GLA effectively, and therefore must supplement through diet. This makes GLA-rich Evening Primrose Oil a prized therapeutic lipid.

Clinical studies on Evening Primrose Oil suggest it reduces inflammation and alleviates some forms of hormonal stress. This nutritional property, in conjunction with the presence of other phyto (or plant-based) nutrients, makes Evening Primrose Oil an attractive source of hormone builders. Evening Primrose Oil also contains other nutritional lipids such as phospholipids, sterols, and other active phyto-compounds. Independent medical research indicates these compounds are significant immune system and cell builders.

Femhealth also offers Flaxseed Oil and Omega 3 Fish Oil Concentrate. These nutritional products are other good sources for essential fatty acids.

71-6 Evening Primrose Oil 500mg 100 capsules $19.95





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