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Evening primrose oil or EPO supplements are used to supplement the diet with a specific type of omega-6 essential fatty acid, GLA. Although omega-6 fatty acids are abundant in the typical American diet, not many omega-6 sources - most vegetable oils and animal fats - contain appreciable amounts of Gamma Linoleic Acid. Therefore, supplementing extra GLA from EPO may be important for certain people.
Most people using Evening Primrose Oil do so for one of two reasons. First and foremost, it is commonly used by women to help achieve a more comfortable transition through menopause and peri-menopause because it can help to reduce symptoms like hot flashes and night sweating.1 EPO is also sometimes used to lessen allergic responses as in certain allergic conditions like asthma and eczema.2
Use as directed. For best results, take Evening Primrose Oil 3 hours before or after fish or flax oil supplements.
1. Am Fam Physician. 2006 Feb 1;73(3):457-64.
2. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 1989 Feb;35(2):69-72.