Evening Primrose Oil: Why This Fat Is Your Best Friend
LynFit Nutrition’s® Evening Primrose Oil brings the extra strength you need to your daily essential supplement routine and will quickly become your best friend!
Second to meeting your body's protein and fibrous carbohydrate requirements, it's crucial that we meet it’s essential fatty acid (EFA) requirements to support and maintain physical and mental health.
While most think Evening Primrose is designed for women only, men love it too. In fact, I strongly recommend that everyone include essential fatty acid in supplement form instead of relying on obtaining it through diet. Supplementing EFA ensures that your body gets the proper amounts required in the purest and best form. This promotes weight loss and accelerates fat-burning versus causing weight gain and blocking the fat loss process due to the over or underconsumption and lack of fresh quality found in oils we use in cooking or on salads. Safflower oil, sunflower oil, linseed oil, and flaxseed oil are all good sources, but supplementing from evening primrose gel caps is by far the best way due to purity, potency, and accuracy.
This essential fatty acid provides the perfect amount of the best essential fatty acids and also helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, and E more efficiently. Evening primrose oil specifically has benefits for everyone, from pro to weekend athletes, bodybuilders, and everyone who is interested in improving their physical and mental health.
But first, let me give you a little history and science behind LynFit Evening Primrose Oil. Evening of primrose oil comes from a plant that grows along roadsides. Its flowers resemble real primroses, and its colors can vary being yellow or pink. Its flowers open only in the evening, hence its name.
For centuries, Native Americans have used this popular plant as natural medication to treat just about everything from skin inflammation, morning stiffness, joint aches and pains, to minor injuries and bruises by reducing and rebalancing the body's inflammatory response. It even alleviates sore throats (irritations caused by GERD/acid reflux) and gastrointestinal problems, allergies and sinus... you name it! That's why they used to call it the King's Cure-All.
What Is It?
Evening primrose oil is a plant-based essential fatty acid (EFA) known as GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) that our body requires and must be supplied by your diet. EFAs regulate many biological functions, including the manufacturing of connective tissue, cellular walls, and hormones.
Why is Gamma Linolenic Acid So Crucial?
Our body obtains GLA directly and more efficiently from evening primrose oil. It is converted into the prostaglandin E1 series, which is a group of beneficial chemicals that helps reduce inflammation, regulates blood clotting, decreases cholesterol levels, and lowers high blood pressure, among other functions.
Evening primrose oil is recommended for various diseases or conditions in which prostaglandins are associated, and these include premenstrual syndrome (PMS), heart disease, and diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that is a complication of diabetes and arthritis.
A growing number of medical experts and scientists now confirm that taking GLA-rich oils such as evening primrose oil can effectively fight inflammation, which is the major cause of swollen, painful joints, in addition to just about every ailment that hurts you.
As explained above, GLA is a building block of a beneficial type of prostaglandin, which exerts an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Hence, supplementing with evening primrose GLA increases production of these prostaglandins and may help control the pain and inflammation associated with joint problems and arthritis.
The Best Fat for Fat-Burning and Boosting Weight Loss
Evening of primrose oil has been heavily researched for its fat-fighting and weight loss benefits. Studies show that GLA reduced body fat, specifically around mid section and abdominal area. Many scientists believe that people with GLA deficiencies produce more fat in their bodies, and that's why supplementing with evening primrose oil helped them lose weight. Research proves that supplementing evening primrose oil works best if you're 10% above your ideal body weight.
In some people, evening primrose oil promoted weight loss even when caloric intake was not reduced, which led to a natural revving up of their metabolism and their bodies burning more calories, mimicking exercise naturally. Keep in mind that you can't outrun or supplement away a bad diet, so for the best results, combine them!
Helps Reduce Bloat and Fluid Retention (Edema)
Another reason evening of primrose is the preferred fat when losing weight and melting off belly fat is due to its ability to reduce bloating and fluid retention, medically referred to as “edema. When our bodies retain water, it makes us feel bloated and increases our body weight. Not to mention, it raises blood pressure, negatively impacting heart health while giving the appearance of being overweight.
Most people don't realize that one of the first areas of address when improving health is to rid the body of excess water to protect heart health. It also makes us leaner, so our clothes fit better too.
One of the best ways to do this naturally is by supplementing with evening primrose oil, helping your body regulate water more normally, preventing fluid retention before it happens.
Naturally Boosts and Regulates Immunity
Evening primrose oil has one of the most powerful antioxidant activities among supplements. Studies show that evening primrose oil was able to destroy the hydroxyl radical, a form of hydrogen peroxide, that once generated, attacks whatever is next to it, setting off a dangerous chain reaction, generating more free radicals, which is something we all should be avoiding.
As a result, our cells become damaged (aka cellular damage). Evening primrose oil reduces the formation of “superoxide” free radicals — a type of free radical that is particularly harmful to heart cells. Its natural adaptogenic-like properties make it safe to take with chemo and cancer treatments without interfering when it's needed most.
Boosts Heart Health-Reducing Plaque Build-Up and Inflammation
Heart disease is one of the biggest health concerns today. Studies show that supplementation with 3.6 grams a day of evening primrose oil significantly reduced artery-clogging LDL cholesterol (by 9 percent) in patients with high cholesterol, plaque, and fatty deposits that build up and clog arteries passage ways constricting blood flow, causing heart disease and inflammation commonly present with cardiac conditions.
Firms, Tightens and Improves Skin Health
Studies show that taking evening primrose oil daily in supplement form specifically promoted tighter, firmer, smoother skin from head to toe (yes, even jiggly, crepey arms and thighs). It does this by providing the essential fats that improve skin's elasticity and firmness while maintaining proper balanced hydration.
Research proves that our skin needs gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) for the skin's ideal structure and function. But it cannot create GLA on its own, which is why we need to supplement daily. Evening primrose oil is rich in GLA, allowing the skin to meet its nutrient needs.
Fighting Acne, Skin Eruptions, and Irritations
In addition to promoting overall skin firmness and health, the GLA in evening primrose oil reduces skin inflammation and inhibits harmful cells from forming, preventing and reducing acne and promoting moisture retention/hydration.
Reduces Hot Flashes, Eases Cervical and Breast Discomfort
Many women suffer from hot flashes during menopause (pre and post as well), which are sudden feelings of intense warmth. Evening primrose oil helps limit the severity and frequency of hot flashes.
Europe uses evening of primrose for perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause for a natural approach for a variety of issues such as vaginal and eye dryness, as well as menstrual symptoms (premenstrual syndrome, fluid retention, headaches and backaches, skin problems, food cravings, depression, tension, irritability, fatigue, weeping, tantrums, lack of concentration, and breast pain (mastalgia), all driven by hormonal fluctuations.
Another benefit for women is that it can help dilate the cervix, reducing pain before and during undergoing cervical procedures, pap smears, and/or mammograms. Many women claim it can make childbirth easier and promote faster healing after.
Eases Bone and Joint Aches, Pains, and Morning Stiffness
Many people experience bone and joint pain and morning stiffness as a result of aging, repetitive stress, and/or arthritis (rheumatoid as well a chronic inflammatory condition). Studies show that the GLA in evening of primrose has substantial and powerful anti-inflammatory properties that benefit arthritis, even when other treatments have failed them, without the dangerous side effects that most drugs create, damaging the liver and kidneys.
Reduces Nerve Pain Better Than CBD
Many people today struggle to relieve chronic pain due to peripheral neuropathy, a condition that develops when the nerves on the outside of the spinal cord and brain are damaged, often from long-term chronic pain or pain left untreated.
Peripheral neuropathy/nerve pain symptoms can include weakness, tingling, numbness, and pain, especially in the hands and feet.
Taking evening primrose oil/GLA at night before bed has been known to reduce symptoms caused by damaged nerves, temperature sensitivity, and weakness.
*Keep in mind the longer you have had the pain, the more depleted your body is and the longer it may take. Be consistent and allow at least 2-3 months if you have had pain for years. It's a small price to pay to feel better and improve health, minus the side effects from CBD or drugs (including over-the-counter and prescription opioids).
Bottom line… Everyone should be adding evening of primrose oil to their daily health habits! Using LynFit Nutrition’s Pure Vegan Super Omega Evening Primrose Oil with GLA provides you with the clinical strength - 500 mg. - proven to work. The purity (100% natural and free of all contaminants) and potency (pharmaceutical strength) in this supplement is superior to many formulations on the market.
I suggest taking (1) one softgel for well-being and general health before bed or anytime needed.
For severe pain/nerve pain, diabetic nerve disease, eczema, and dry skin conditions, and migraine headaches that have been chronic, increase the dosage to (3) three softgels daily, spread apart or taken together. What's important is that you take it consistently and allow enough time to replenish your body's stores of EFAs.
For severe breast or cervical pain, you can increase to (6) six or more, capping out at (12) twelve temporality, to expedite healing and relief that requires more EFAs and depletes the body faster.
There are virtually no side effects from supplementing with this friendly fat, and our primrose oil can be taken with any and all of our other metabolic boosting supplements, including Pure Omega 3, for a complete balance of essential fatty acids.
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Lisa Lynn, Clinical Metabolic Nutrition & Fitness Expert and Associate Chaplain. Best known for her 18+ years as Martha Stewart’s trainer, who was responsible for Martha’s over-50 amazing physical transformation that caught the attention of Dr. Oz, leading to her many appearances on the Dr. Oz Show. Lisa is not just another trainer; she herself lost 40 pounds and has kept it off, even with a sluggish thyroid and menopause.
- Lisa Lynn