The evening primrose oil comes from a plant originally from North America, known as the evening primrose or primula (Oenothera biennis and Oenothera lamarckiana), that to produce the oil its seeds receive a treatment of
Its medicinal and healing properties are many (vasodilators, anti-inflammatory, inhibitors of the synthesis of bad cholesterol, etc.) and are
consequence of its richness in fatty acids that are effective for health hormonal, skin, hair and bones.
High content of fatty acids
This food is rich in fatty acids, which are necessary for our body to enjoy good health; however, our body can not synthesize them and, therefore, needs to get them through the diet. The best known are the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development.
Evening primrose oil is rich in omega-6. There must be a balance between the intake of these two fatty acids since the excess of omega-6 in relation to omega 3 can be harmful to health. It is recommended, therefore, the intake of omega-3 (for example, some fish) with the intake of evening primrose oil.
How to take evening primrose oil
This oil is consumed in the form of a supplement, since it is a very sensitive food, and the pearls favor its absorption and dosage. It is recommended to take these pearls next to meals, and its effects can take up to 3 months to appear.
Although evening primrose oil is usually associated with the health benefits of women, in reality, both sexes can benefit from its positive effects.
Benefits and properties of this oil
1. Síndrome premenstrual
As for the premenstrual syndrome, the consumption of this oil positively affects the woman both physically and mentally. Physically, because it reduces the swelling of the belly and the pains and nausea, as well as the sensitivity of the breasts. Mentally, it prevents depression and irritability.
However, the omega-6 fatty acids present in evening primrose oil may favor hormonal regulation and, therefore, have a positive effect on acne.
3. Healthy skin
But evening primrose oil not only plays a decisive role in the treatment of acne, but also has a positive effect on the skin in general, its cellular structure and promotes its elasticity. In addition to the consumption of pearls, its direct application on the face also helps in the healing and healing process and allows you to enjoy a general appearance of your skin.
4. Healthy hair
Evening primrose oil not only benefits the skin, but also the hair thanks to hormonal stimulation. The essential omega-6 fatty acid has been shown to be effective in the fight against hair loss, and experts recommend consuming 500 milligrams twice a day to see the results at two months. It is also possible to apply it directly on the hair along with the shampoo such shows a study done at the University of Maryland.
5. Improves the symptoms of arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic arthritis that affects the joints, such as the hands, both wrists, or both knees. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissues. Some research concludes that evening primrose oil is a perfect natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.
A study conducted by Arthritis Research UK measured the effects of evening primrose oil on 49 people. According to the results, 94 percent of the participants who received evening primrose oil indicated a significant improvement in symptoms related to the disease, including pain and morning stiffness.
6. Treatment against impotence
7. Support in the treatment of diabetes
Evening primrose has proven to be very useful in the treatment of diabetes, since it maintains insulin levels and avoids the side effects of this disease on the nervous system. However, there is still a lot of research work to get conclusive results.
8. It promotes stomach health
The stomach also benefits from evening primrose oil, since it protects the digestive mucous membranes and the digestive system in general. It also protects the liver against the harmful effects of alcohol and its anti-inflammatory effect is useful for digestive inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
9. Prevents the onset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Studies suggest that this substance increases the transmission of nerve impulses, especially dopamine, so it may be effective in preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s. Also, other studies suggest that essential fatty acids increase the production of dopamine by improving norepinephrine levels.