Originating from North America, Evening primrose oil is extracted from the small red seeds of the plant with the same name. But the resulting oil, is not usually consumed as food or ingredient for meals. However it is taken in small capsules and is very rich in Omega 6 and is considered as a true jewel for women. This is because of the following reasons:
- Improves fertility problem
- Improves quality of eggs
- Relieves menstrual cramps
- Helps in transit of menopause
- Improves skin
According to several studies, evening primrose is an oil that we should all have at home. But should be consume it with some care and only after consultation with the doctor. Although its high content in omega 6 is very beneficial, it must be balanced with omega 3 acids to avoid any side effects. Therefore, before taking it lightly it is preferable to discuss it with a medical specialist.
For Fertility in Women
Evening primrose oil is a good for fertility due to its properties as a hormone regulator. The balance of hormonal functions is essential for normal ovulation. Omega-6 acids, together with other essential ones such as linolenic and oleic acids, facilitate the synthesis of prostaglandins, which are a set of lipid substances that are responsible, among other things, for hormonal balance.
Evening primrose oil has also been attributed with qualities that improve the quality of the eggs. Its properties provide many nutrients that are very useful in the early stages of the cycle. It also helps to reduce ovarian cysts, alleviates the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, helps the production of cervical mucus especially favorable for sperm to move and survive within the woman, maximizing the options for conception and improves the problems associated with endometriosis.
The oil is beneficial for breastfeeding mothers but should be taken under doctor’s guidelines.
Should you consume during pregnancy?
Evening primrose oil is recommended to be taken only from menstruation to ovulation – from days 1 to 14 of the cycle, approximately. It is not recommended to consume during pregnancy; because by favoring uterine contractions it is very useful in the moment prior to conception. But once you have achieved pregnancy, these contractions can have the opposite effect.
As for the recommended amount, it is always recommend to consult a doctor or specialist. This is because there are many factors such as age, health and various other conditions that makes it impossible to recommend about an adequate dose.
Male Infertility Problem
In addition, by promoting blood circulation, it is also favorable for male fertility, as it especially helps those men with lack of fluid in their reproductive organs.
The virtues that have been attributed to this type of oil, although many of them are about general health such as:
- Helping to promote intestinal transit
- Maintain balanced cholesterol
- Prevention of respiratory allergies
- Pass hangovers
- When combined with fish oil and calcium, it aids in increasing bone density in senior individuals suffering from osteoporosis.
However the oil is most beneficial for women mainly for the improvement of problems related to the menstrual cycle.