Primrose is a pure, natural vegetable oil processed from the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant. Oil of Evening Primrose is 70% Linoleic Acid and is unique in providing a direct dietary source of the vital Gamma Linolenic Acid. FoodScience of Vermont® guarantees a minimum of 117 mg (9%) Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) per 1300 mg capsule and a minimum of 45 mg (9%) Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) per 500 mg capsule. Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is converted by natural processes in the body to prostaglandins, which have a range of important functions such as regulation of brain function and the immune system. Easy-to-swallow softgel capsule.
Primrose is Evening Primrose Oil. This oil has long been known to herbalists for its beneficial medicinal properties. It is rich in the Omega 6 series of Essential Fatty Acids.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFA’S) AND THEIR CONNECTION TO EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are vitamin-like substances which can’t be manufactured by the body and therefore need to be provided in the diet. They are vital components of all membrane structures in the body and are also involved in the production of prostaglandins. One of the most important EFA‘s involved in beneficial prostaglandin production is Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
THE IMPORTANCE OF GAMMA LINOLENIC ACID (GLA)
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is normally produced in the body from Linoleic Acid (LA), another Essential Fatty Acid. However, because of consumption of overly processed foods, saturated fats, too much alcohol and the aging process, most of us are deficient in the ability to convert Linoleic Acid into GLA, thereby seriously inhibiting the production of one of the important series of prostaglandins, PGE1.
Prostaglandins (PG’s) are hormones involved in the second-by-second regulation of organ function. There are approximately 30 Prostaglandins, each highly specific in its function. The GLA formed in the body is eventually converted into Dihomogammalinolenic acid (DGLA), which in turn is converted into the very important Prostaglandin E1 that supports skin and nerve health and helps reduce symptoms associated with PMS.
Known causes of inadequate GLA formation include:
• Diets rich in saturated fats
• Diets rich in processed vegetable oils that contain unusable kinds of fatty acids (trans fatty acids)
• Moderate to high consumption of alcohol
• A deficiency of zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B6
THE BEST EVENING PRIMROSE OIL SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE
Primrose contains at least 69% cis-linoleic acid (“cis” means that this is a biologically active form) in addition to 9% of the all important Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
Primrose is assayed for content and purity of formulation. Certificates of assay are available from the company upon request. Because it is costly to produce quality Primrose products, they are on the higher end of the price scale. But once again, the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” certainly applies. A “bogus” Primrose Oil product which contains little or no GLA will not have the beneficial effects of Primrose.
gelatin, glycerin, purified water.
As a dietary supplement, take 2 softgels one half hour before each meal.
If pregnant or nursing, consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this product. Color of this product may vary due to color variations of the natural ingredients. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place.