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Evening Primrose (Definition)

See wikipedia for discussion of the flower under: oenothera. The evening primrose seeds contain oil which is a fatty acid. The oil. Contains 7 to 10 percent gamma linolenic acid and about 70 percent linoleic acid. Gamma linolenic acid is a precursor to prostaglandin pge1 (misoprostol) and thromboxane txa1. Pge1 (misoprostol) is involved ...Read more


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Need reliable info on taking evening primrose oil and omega 3 fish oil together to combat moderate chin acne?

Need reliable info on taking evening primrose oil and omega 3 fish oil together to combat moderate chin acne?

No reliable evidence: I don't believe there is concrete evidence! It is easier to prevent acne than treating severe acne because severe/cystic acne will cause scars which are permanent. Inflammatory acne are often treated with topical benzoy/antibiotic combo or oral antibiotics. Blackheads acne probably better treated with some retinoid derivatives. It is best to consult doc for individualized treatment...
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I take Minerva -35 birth control pills for acne. Is it safe to start taking saw palmetto and evening primrose oil to help balance my hormones?

I take Minerva -35 birth control pills for acne. Is it safe to start taking saw palmetto and evening primrose oil to help balance my hormones?

Balance hormones: Please contact your doctor about the two additional medicines.
Often too many hormone meds counteract each other.

Please let me know what your doctor thinks. ...Read more

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Will evening primrose oil help a steenager with moods?

Will evening primrose oil help a steenager with moods?

No evidence: I wouldn't rely on evening primrose for your teen's moods. Evening primrose oil is a source of essential omega 6 fatty acid gla. There's some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast pain, menopause & pms. In contrast, omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, show promise in battling mood disorders. Pms may be helped slightly (poor quality data). It may interact w ssri antidepressants. ...Read more

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How does evening primrose oil help the nervous or muscular system?

How does evening primrose oil help the nervous or muscular system?

It doesn't: Hi. Be very wary of claims made by snake oil salespeople. They're very happy to scam you and take your money. There is no evidence evening primrose does ANYTHING except make pretty flowers. ...Read more

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Why I gain weight even I'm nt a big eater. I'm 40 this year. I have try diet pills but can't work on me. Will evening primrose oil help me?

Why I gain weight even I'm nt a big eater. I'm 40 this year. I have try diet pills but can't work on me. Will evening primrose oil help me?

Weight gain: Simplistically, weight gain occurs when calories in exceed calories out. There's a tendency to continue eating habits developed in our youth even as out physical activity decreases due to work & family constraints. There is no evidence that evening primrose oil will help lose weight. Consider DASH, Mediterranean or vegetarian diet plus regular physical activity - avoid screen time incl TV/computer ...Read more

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Trying to conceive for 7 months now unsuccessful- might evening primrose oil help and how do I take it? Any other natural remedies to increase odds?

Trying to conceive for 7 months now unsuccessful- might evening primrose oil help and how do I take it? Any other natural remedies to increase odds?

Likely not: About 85% of normal couples take up to a year to conceive, so you are normal at 7 months. Evening primrose does absolutely nothing to your fertility, nor do any other 'natural remedies' increase the odds. Most doctors would be happy to help with things that do work if you make an appointment. ...Read more

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Can Evening Primrose Oil Help with delayed period? I am nod having period for more than 68 days. Can I take EPO parallelly with a birth control pill?

Can Evening Primrose Oil Help with delayed period? I am nod having period for more than 68 days. Can I take EPO parallelly with a birth control pill?

Birth control: The primrose oil is not likely to do much. The birth control pills will regulate your cycle. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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What does evening primrose oil do?

What does evening primrose oil do?

Let me help: The oil is extracted from the flower seeds for most medicinal uses. The oil contains 25 percent essential fatty acids, which often are promoted for their health benefits, including linoleic acid, or la, and gamma-linolenic acid or gla. The most common uses of evening primrose oil include treatment of skin condition like eczema and dermatitis as well as diabetic neuropathy treatment and arthritis. ...Read more

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Ok to take evening primrose oil and divaloproex together?

Ok to take evening primrose oil and divaloproex together?

Evening primrose: According to epocrates a medical app, there is no interaction between divaloproex and evening primrose. ...Read more

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Started taking evening primrose oil and my breasts are fuller. Nice but why?

Started taking evening primrose oil and my breasts are fuller. Nice but why?

Who knows: The data on evening primrose oil is spotty at best- some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- I've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain) but if you are enjoying this "side effect"- have no fear- I haven't seen any convincing evidence of its harm! ...Read more

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Started taking evening primrose oil and my boobs are really full-- why is that?

Started taking evening primrose oil and my boobs are really full-- why is that?

Shouldn't happen: It has been used to help with breast pain but should not cause breast enlargement or fullness. Perhaps there is something else in the supplement that you are taking. I would look for another cause for breast fullness. Evening primrose oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, essential fatty acids that are lacking in some people's diets. Always ask your doctor before taking supplements. ...Read more

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Can I take evening primrose oil with fish oil?

Can I take evening primrose oil with fish oil?

Sure, but why????: Neither of these has been proved to be of any benefit for any purpose other than profit to snake oil salesmen. Save your money. If you have a medical problem, see a real dr. ...Read more

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