Anyone here take Evening Primrose. What are it's benefits?

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    Apr 05, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    I am beginning to take some vitamins. Only thing I am considering taking is fish oil,saw palmetto, and a Bayer aspirin every day. I have a friend who does not work out but has a nice lean toned body.He takes a couple vitamins but swears by Evening Primrose vitamins. He takes 6 capsules a day. I asked him what the benefits are and why he takes it and he just shrugged his shoulders. I notice on the bottle he had it says 'for woman's good health',which has confused me even more.Does anyone here take it and if so, why?
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    Apr 05, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    EPO is packed with Omega-6. It is also used to treat symptoms of PMS. But I would use flax seed oil instead. Flax is rich in Omega-3 as well as 6, is generally cheaper than EPO, and widely available in bottles rather than pills. And you will want it in a bottle because it makes a delicious salad dressing, sneaks its way into a protein shake, and is so much less expensive than pills.
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    Apr 05, 2009 3:39 PM GMT
    If it is omega-3 fat that you want in your diet, it is better to get it from fish oil than make the body manufacture it from Flaxseed.

    "Flaxseeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat that is a precursor to the form of omega-3 found in fish oils called eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. Since the fats are found in their isolated form in flaxseed oil, it is a more concentrated source of ALA than the seeds themselves (although it doesn't have the other nutrients that the seeds do). ALA, in addition to providing several beneficial effects of its own, can be converted in the body to EPA, thus providing EPA's beneficial effects. For this conversion to readily take place, however, depends on the presence and activity of an enzyme called delta-6-destaurase, which, in some individuals, is less available or less active than in others. In addition, delta-6-desaturase function is inhibited in diabetes and by the consumption of saturated fat and alcohol. For these reasons, higher amounts of ALA-rich flaxseeds or its oil must be consumed to provide the same benefits as the omega-3 fats found in the oil of cold-water fish."

    "Omega-3 fats are used by the body to produce Series 1 and 3 prostaglandins, which are anti-inflammatory hormone-like molecules, in contrast to the Series 2 prostaglandins, which are pro-inflammatory molecules produced from other fats, notably the omega-6 fats, which are found in high amounts in animal fats, margarine, and many vegetable oils including corn, safflower, sunflower, palm, and peanut oils. Omega-3 fats can help reduce the inflammation that is a significant factor in conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis."

    http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=81

    ....but I digress from Evening Primrose, I guess

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    Apr 05, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    I know a couple of post-menopausal women who take evening primrose oil because it helps with a certain moisture problem. Maybe your friend has a dry vagina of his own and doesn't want to talk about it. You should probably respect his privacy.
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    Apr 05, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    makeumyne saidI know a couple of post-menopausal women who take evening primrose oil because it helps with a certain moisture problem. Maybe your friend has a dry vagina of his own and doesn't want to talk about it. You should probably respect his privacy.



    LMAO!!!!
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    Apr 05, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    makeumyne saidI know a couple of post-menopausal women who take evening primrose oil because it helps with a certain moisture problem. Maybe your friend has a dry vagina of his own and doesn't want to talk about it. You should probably respect his privacy.


    Damn, that nearly made me choke up, HAHA!! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 06, 2009 1:13 PM GMT
    Before you take any herbal medicine you should find out about it's potential side effects. Just remember herbal medicines have never been tested by the FDA for effectiveness and safety. Many herbals interfere with coagulation and have caused excessive bleeding during surgery. This is a well documented problem. Herbals have been contaminated with poisons in the past. A few have resulted in liver failure and liver transplantation.

    Primrose does have some side effects
    seizures
    anaphylaxis..severe allergic reaction
    some minor GI side effects
    cannot be taken with some psychotropic medications

    Primrose has been used to treat lots of things including breast disorders, and premenstrual syndrome.icon_lol.gif I wonder if there is any university quality studies proving it's health claims? There were no studies listed in this article

    Much of this information was obtained from the following web site discussing alternative treatments. http://health.yahoo.com/alternativemed-therapies/evening-primrose/healthwise--d04421a1.html
    I do know from experience you will be asked about herbals if you are going to have major surgery where there is risk for bleeding.

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    Apr 23, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    kneedraggen saidBefore you take any herbal medicine you should find out about it's potential side effects. Just remember herbal medicines have never been tested by the FDA for effectiveness and safety. Many herbals interfere with coagulation and have caused excessive bleeding during surgery. This is a well documented problem. Herbals have been contaminated with poisons in the past. A few have resulted in liver failure and liver transplantation.



    You're absolutely right about checking into herbal remedies before you start them especially if you are on any prescriptions. I always check Dr Weil's site, he's an alternative medicine researcher that works for the U of A.

    What is Evening Primrose Oil?
    Evening Primrose Oil, a natural source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), is well known for modifying the inflammatory response and maintaining hormonal balance. This versatile oil comes from the tiny seeds of a wildflower, Oenothera biennis L., native to North America, and has been studied for its positive influence on prostaglandin synthesis. GLA may also support the healthy growth and maintenance of skin, hair, and nails.


    I used to take it as an anti-inflammatory when I had issues with my knees. I was lazy and never really stuck with it, and the arthritis stuff (condroiton or whatnot) helped my knees out.

    I don't doubt your sincerity, but I thought I would point out that the FDA is a fucking joke.

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    Apr 23, 2009 4:40 AM GMT
    I gained telepathy.
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    Apr 23, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
    makeumyne saidI know a couple of post-menopausal women who take evening primrose oil because it helps with a certain moisture problem. Maybe your friend has a dry vagina of his own and doesn't want to talk about it. You should probably respect his privacy.


    That was funnier then the you raff you ruse forum!!!

    hahahahaa