Evening Primrose 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
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