What is Evening Primrose and what is it used for?
Evening primrose (Oenethera biennis), also called primrose, comes from the Greek “Oïnos” (wine) and “Ther” (wild animal). An old legend used to attribute to this plant the property of taming wild animals provided it had been previously macerated in wine.
The Evening Primrose plant and its seeds have been used by Native Americans for centuries. They used the plant as an infusion in hot water for wounds, skin problems and even respiratory problems. It only made its appearance in Europe in the 18th century.
On the American continent it was used for its strong smell, for example, hunters rubbed their shoes with evening primrose to hide their own smell and thus they could more easily approach the animals.
Nutritional value of evening primrose oil
From evening primrose seeds, after a first cold pressing, a rare and valuable oil extremely rich in essential fatty acids (EFA) is obtained. It contains mainly linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid. These fatty acids are called essential because our body is not able to produce them by itself, so they must be included in our diet every day.
Essential fatty acids play a key role in our body: they provide energy, isolate the nerves, help maintain body temperature, are part of cellular structures and are important for metabolism. In addition, from them, very important molecules called prostaglandins are produced in the body.
Benefits of evening primrose
Its oil is extracted from the extract of seeds and is the most common and widely used floral product. It is characterised by its rich content of good fatty acids such as omega-6 acids. It has many health and aesthetic benefits, which are represented in the following:
- Contributing to the control of blood sugar levels.
- Promoting women’s health, especially during the menopause.
- Improve skin vitality and treat some skin problems.
- Improve general blood circulation in the body.
- Promote bone and joint health.
Evening primrose for menstrual cycle discomfort
Many researches carried out in the last 20 or 30 years in different countries show the benefits of evening primrose in the menstrual cycle discomfort. This menstrual period causes a lot of discomfort: abdominal bloating, increased bleeding and excessive flow, headaches, vomiting, general bloating, irritability with mood swings, anxiety crises, depression, anxiety, among others.
Mar-Vitoil Evening Primrose Oil capsules
Mar-Vitoil contains pure Evening Primrose oil extracted by cold-pressing Oenothera biennis seeds, what provides a minimum gamma-linolenic acid and linoleic acid content of 10% and 68%, respectively, as well as natural vitamin E. MARNYS® Mar-Vitoil is the ally for the general well-being of contemporary adult women.
GLA is rapidly incorporated into cell membranes as phospholipids, participating in the production of prostaglandins and in metabolic pathways.