Evening Primrose Oil - Prostaglandin E1

Evening Primrose Oil - Prostaglandins E1

Evening Primrose is a large delicate wild flower which grow up to eight feet tall along streams and roads in North America from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic seaboard. The evening primrose flowers bloom in the evening and are pollinated by night flying insects. The tiny seeds, which are hand harvested, are about the size of mustard seeds and are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly one called gamma linolenic acid (GLA).

Essential Fatty Acid & Prostaglandin Connection

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO), specifically gamma linolenic acid (GLA), helps the body produce the hormone like compound called Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1). Prostaglandin makes platelets less sticky, lowers blood pressure, eliminates excess sodium and water, heals inflammation and enhances immunity.

Health practitioners recommend polyunsaturated vegetable oils for increasing Prostaglandin, however, this is only possible with unadulterated polyunsaturated oil.

The body produces Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) from gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is converted from cis-linoleic acid found in natural, unprocessed or cold pressed vegetable oils. Due to commercial processing methods used to remove the odor, increase the shelf life and render the oil suitable for making margarine for cooking and baking, the cis-linoleic acid is transformed to trans-linoleic acid which is not acceptable to the body and will not be converted to gamma linolenic acid (GLA). This means that much of the fats we eat are useless. Further, high level of trans-linoleic acid interferes with the body's capacity to convert cis-linoleic acid to gamma linolenic acid (GLA) - the first step in the production of Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1). Trans-linoleic acid also raises LDL and reduces HDL cholesterol levels.

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