Name (common): Evening Primrose
Botanical name: Oenothera biennis
Synonyms: Suncups, sundrops
Evening primrose is native to North and South America. In the 17th century, evening primrose became a popular remedy in Europe where it was known as "King's cure-all".
Oil obtained from the seeds is rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids, including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Functions and general science:
Evening Primrose is source of the omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Healthy levels of GLA in the body are associated with good health and well being and are important for the normal cell structure of all cell membranes in the human body.
Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids as they are not synthesised by the body, therefore must be consumed as part of the diet or in supplement form.
Omega-6 fatty acids play an important role in brain function, and normal growth and development. They also have a role in helping stimulate skin and hair growth, maintaining bone health and regulating metabolism.
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