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How effective is evening primrose oil?

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Reviews of the available scientific evidence have found no reason to recommend evening primrose oil to help the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or breast pain.

There is some good research showing that evening primrose oil may be helpful in eczema or atopic dermatitis. And some studies suggest that supplements that contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), including evening primrose oil, may be of some benefit to people with rheumatoid arthritis. But more research is needed on the use of evening primrose oil for both of these conditions.

From: Evening Primrose Oil WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Standard: "Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis L.)"

Georgetown University Medical Center: "Evening Primrose."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Fan, Y-Y. , September 1998. The Journal of Nutrition

Mayo Clinic: "Evening Primrose."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Standard: "Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis L.)"

Georgetown University Medical Center: "Evening Primrose."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Fan, Y-Y. , September 1998. The Journal of Nutrition

Mayo Clinic: "Evening Primrose."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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