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 117mg (9%) Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) per 1300mg capsule and a minimum of 45mg (9%) Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) per 500mg 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).
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 ageing 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: