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Evening Primrose Oil 500 mg - 250 Softgels

NOW Evening Primrose Oil contains naturally occuring Gamma Linoleic Acid. GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid found in Evening Primrose, Borage, and Black Currant seed oils. Although the body can manufacture GLA from dietary linoleic acid, it can be more effeciently utilized for body functions when supplied directly by these dietary sources. Evening primrose oil is full of the fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, one of the body’s essential fatty acids. GLA and other fatty acids are very important for the general function of your body. Evening primrose oil is usually used to alleviate distress that is commonly associated with menstrual signs.

There’s no denying that many women all over the world are finding relief by using evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil is recognized as an efficient remedy for eczema and a number of other skin problems due partly to its GLA content and other essential fatty acids which are necessary to correct skin health.

Evening primrose has proved to be an effective treatment option for people suffering from eczema. In a study, which included over 1,200 patients, evening primrose oil was remarkably good at relieving many of their symptoms, such as itching and redness. Evening primrose oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and might help ease the symptoms of  rheumatoid arthritis and chest discomfort.

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Nutrition Info
Serving Size: 3 Softgels -Servings Per Container: 83
 Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Calories  15    
Calories from Fat  15    
Total Fat  1.5 g   2%* 
Saturated Fat  0 g   0%* 
Polyunsaturated Fat  1 g   † 
Monounsaturated Fat  <0.5 g   † 
Evening Primrose oil  1.5 g   † 
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)  135 mg   † 


Serving Size: 3 softgels

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 3 softgels 1-2 times daily with meals.

Free of:hexane, sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.

Other Ingredients: gelatin, glycerin, water.



 Item#: 1752
Manufacturer SKU: 733739017529


By Upasana Abbott, NOW Quality Department

Primrose oil is valued for its gamma–linolenic acid  (GLA; 18:3 omega-6) content. GLA is claimed to be effective in maintaining healthy inflammatory pathways and normalizing skin, nerve, and cellular health (McDonald and Fitzpatrick, 1998). GLA-rich oils are heart healthy, anti-aging, and liver supporting (Broadhurst and Winther, 2000).
In our diets, GLA is obtained from the conversion of the dietary precursor linoleic acid via the action of delta-6-desaturase enzyme.  However, impairment of the delta-6-desaturase activity may result in the functional deficiency of GLA and leads to health issues (Wu and Meydani, 1996). Supplementation with GLA helps in supporting the body's ability to maintain health, especially in the areas noted above.
At NOW Foods, Primrose oil is analyzed for its GLA content by performing gas chromatography (GC) of methyl esters of fatty acids. We use this method to confirm the identity of Primrose Oil by its unique fatty acid profile and measure the amount of GLA present in it. This is achieved by separating GLA from other fatty acids, especially Linoleic and Linolenic acids. Linoleic and Linolenic acids are also present in common oils such as soybean oil, flax oil, and walnut oil but GLA is unique to Primrose and some other special oils. The GLA content is accurately measured by using an internal standards technique.
All these steps are taken to assure that our customers get what they are buying Evening Primrose Oil for: Authentic Primrose Oil with a GLA content over 9% by weight.
Broadhurst, C.L., and Winther, M. (2000). Evening Primrose Oil: pharmacological and clinical applications. In G. Mazza. And B.D. Oomah (Eds.), Herbs, botanicals and teas as functional foods and nutraceuticals (pp 213-264). Lancaster, PA: Technomic Publishing Co., Inc.
Manku, M.S. A comparison of GLC and HPLC methods for determining fatty acid composition of evening primrose and soybean oil. J. Chromatographic Science (1983) 21(8): 367-369
McDonald, B.E., and Fitzpatrick, K. (1998). Designer Vegetable Oils. In G. Mazza (Ed). Functional foods, biochemical and processing aspects (pp. 265-291). Lancaster, PA:Technomic Publishing Co., Inc.
Wu, D. and Meydani, S.N. (1996). γ-Linolenic acid and immune function. In Y.S. Huang, and D.E.Mills (Eds.), γ-Linolenic acid: metabolism and its roles in nutrition and medicine (pp.106-117), Champaign, IL: AOCS Press


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