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).
Fatty Acid & Prostaglandin Connection
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
practitioners recommend polyunsaturated vegetable oils for increasing
Prostaglandin, however, this is only possible with unadulterated
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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