Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) has long been used as a natural aid thanks to two fatty acids – GLA and ALA – within it which are thought to contribute to a number of processes around the body. In fact, EPO is currently one of the most popular herbal supplements you can buy!
Before you browse our complete range of evening primrose oil tablets in various strengths, read on to learn a bit more about what it is and how exactly it might benefit your body.
EPO’s list of potential uses is pretty lengthy! That’s mostly down to the fact it contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a type of omega 6 fatty acid which is packed with goodness and typically only found in a handful of plant-derived oils.
The body uses GLA to make hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins, which are lipid based substances that control numerous physiological processes in the body. This includes:
Our own brand EPO supplements are fortified with vitamin B6 which helps contribute to normal hormonal balance.
In addition to taking pure evening primrose oil supplements, you’ll find we stock numerous tablets which have been combined with other nutrients.
Other nutrients that EPO is commonly mixed with include vitamin B6, which is needed by the body to make haemoglobin and to turn food into energy, and starflower oil, another rich source of GLA.
You’ll find most EPO supplements have been cold-pressed. This refers to the way the oil has been extracted from its original source. Usually, the evening primrose seeds will have been harvested at the prime moment and the oil then extracted from them using hydraulic pressure that uses no heat or chemicals.
This method allows the evening primrose oil to be as pure and natural as possible, meaning it’ll be packed with the maximum amount of goodness possible for your body.
Why not try out this wonderful natural remedy for yourself by taking a look at our current range of evening primrose oil tablets and capsules? Shop options in a 500mg, 1000mg and 1500mg to suit your needs, as well as vegetarian friendly evening primrose oil supplements.
Grown in Europe and North America, evening primrose is a nocturnal plant, with pretty yellow blooms which open as the sun goes down, hence its name.
Evening primrose oil, extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose, is rich in the omega-6 fatty acids linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid, or GLA, the substances that are thought to give evening primrose oil tablets their potential benefits.
Many people choose evening primrose oil for their hair and skin.
Evening primrose seems to help improve skin’s overall condition, with studies showing improvements in moisture, elasticity and resistance to fatigue.
Additionally, evening primrose oil may support hair health, thanks to the presence of arachidonic acid, a substance believed to trigger new growth and improve the length of existing hair shafts.
Doses of up to 1300mg a day are considered safe for adults, although for most, 500mg is enough evening primrose oil.
Evening primrose oil is not recommended for anybody on blood thinning drugs such as Warfarin.
It is also not advised if you have a condition that can cause seizures or if you are pregnant.
Side effects of taking evening primrose oil tend to be rare and mild, most common are headaches, nausea, diarrhoea and indigestion.
However, some people may experience an allergic reaction or a drop in blood pressure. Always consult your doctor if you experience any noticeable negative effects.