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All About Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is the latest supplement from SM Nutrition.

Though Evening Primrose Oil may be new to our supplement lineup, the evening primrose plant has been used for its health benefits for hundreds of years.

We're excited to be offering this classic supplement to our lineup and would love to help you decide if it is right for you.

Fighting Inflammation

The primary benefit of Evening Primrose Oil is its ability to counteract inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation (Chronic Inflammation in particular) is incredibly prevalent in modern society and a real health issue to contend with.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body's response to a perceived threat and is a critical part of the functioning of the immune system. Whenever particular tissues are injured or otherwise compromised, the body produces an inflammatory response to cut off the damage and attack any harmful substance that may have been introduced to the body. 

That's great when we cut our finger. It's a lot less great when the food that we eat gives our body a general signal that there's something deserving an undue immune response. 

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A generally elevated immune response puts strain on healthy tissues when no invading bodies are found to attack. Unfortunately, modern diets and lifestyles commonly produce elevated immune response, and the corresponding inflammation.

That's where Evening Primrose Oil comes in.

How It Works

Evening Primrose Oil is effective at reducing inflammation because of its naturally high content of GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid). GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid which provides anti-inflammatory signals to cells, effectively reducing levels of inflammation in the body.

The mechanism for decreasing inflammation is similar to what is seen in omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, GLA is one of the only omega-6 fatty acids that discourages inflammation.

If you've seen a benefit from omega-3 supplements like cod liver oil, you're results are likely to improve with the addition of Evening Primrose Oil and GLA.

Potential Uses

Because chronic inflammation is linked to so many modern health conditions, Evening Primrose Oil is able to make a positive impact on a wide range of problems.

Evening Primrose Oil has traditionally been used for:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Inflammation-related Acne
  • Painful Menstruation/Endocrine Health
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High Blood Pressure

And the potential uses for this supplement don't end there. Evening Primrose Oil is a great addition for those with rheumatoid arthritis, bringing considerable reduction in pain and functional impairment. 

EPO even has the impressive ability to reverse some diabetic nerve damage by improving the condition of the myelin sheath (the protective covering around our nerves).

If you're concerned about the effects of inflammation, especially if you deal with any of the issues listed above, or if you've used omega-3 supplements like Cod Liver Oil with success, then Evening Primrose Oil is a supplement that you should consider.