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Evening Primrose Oil Pcos
Does evening primrose oil increase estrogen? I think I'm estrogen dominant, I have PCOS and wanted to try using EPO. Should I try it?
Not recommended: EPO has been studied in a severe estrogen diminished state such as postmenopause. Available data suggest that it is no more effective than placebo. In the only randomized trial to address this issue 56 symptomatic postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to EPO versus placebo for six months. There was no significant difference in symptoms. And increasing estrogen can exacerbate certain cancers ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more
Many things, safe: Evening primrose oil is a source of gla, an essential omega 6 fatty acid. It is used for many things including eczema, arthritis, pms and diabetic neuropathy. It is very safe. Like all supplements and meds, it does not help everyone and more research is needed. See http://nccam.Nih.Gov/health/eveningprimrose and http://www.Naturalalternativeremedy.Com/10-health-benefits-of-evening-primrose-oil/. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not clear: Evening primrose oil is a source of the essential omega six fatty acid gla- and has been shown to help with the itching of eczema. There is some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- i've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain). One thing i haven't seen is any convincing evidence of its harm. ...Read more
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
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
Depends: Oil of primrose is often used for pms and has an additional fat for those who need it. It is usually fine to take and causes few symptoms, perhaps GI is the most common. You need about 1-2 grams for it to help with pms. It does not help everyone but it is worth a try rather than a prescription drug. ...Read more
Not clear: 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). One thing i haven't seen is any convincing evidence of its harm! ...Read more
Eczema, Breast pain: The effectiveness of evening primrose oil stems from an ingredient called gamma-linolenic acid, or gla, an essential fatty acid thought to have anti-inflammatory and other healing properties. Evening primrose oil has highly concentrated amounts. It is one of the safest sources of gla. When ingested, gla is converted to prostaglandins, compounds that help regulate inflammation. ...Read more
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 and thromboxane txa1. Pge1 is involved ...Read more
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