I’m not much of a supplement kinda girl. I do occasionally take Vitamin C and multivitamins when I feel like I need an immunity boost. Throughout the years, my health has been pretty good and I don’t really have too many issues. Recently though, I’ve noticed my skin becoming drier than it used to be, and period cramps becoming more intense. I always tried to combat dry skin with topical creams and serums and always reached for painkillers when it came to cramps.
I think that Evening Primrose Oil is an option to consider including in your lifestyle, especially if you have issues with PMS, menopause and/ or skin conditions such as eczema. For me, it has definitely helped improve my skin’s hydration levels, not just on my face but throughout my whole body. I also notice my recent period cramps haven’t been as painful as it used to be. It is still present but much more tolerable and I am able to do without painkillers. After a few weeks of regular consumption, the feeling of nausea has subsided upon intake. Always listen to your body and never force it to take in more than it needs. However it is also important to note that if you have any of the disorders mentioned in “Warnings & Precautions” above, I would suggest staying away from this supplement. Last but not least, if you have any concerns or questions, I recommend talking to your doctor or healthcare provider first.
I was recently introduced to Evening Primrose Oil, this sounded really familiar to me (my mom used to consume this when I was a little girl) and I was told that it is a basic supplement for ladies. I was open to trying it out, as it is mainly targeted to women and said to help with skin & PMS issues. It has been about a month since I started consuming BiO-LiFE Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg Plus Vitamin E (RM63 for 180’s). This supplement contains both benefits from GLA (10% GLA) and antioxidant Vitamin E (15IU) and is said to be the easiest way for women to stay healthy and beautiful at all times.
What is it?
Evening primrose oil is an oil extracted from seeds of evening primrose plant. It is a rich source of omega-6 fatty acids, gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid (LA). Women affected by PMS (like myself) and pre-menopause usually have low GLA level in their body. GLA helps to improve hormonal balance, reduce inflammation, and retain skin’s moisture.
I take one soft-gel capsule a day, after food, but it recommends increasing dosage to 2-3 capsules a day during menstruation or if you have severely dry skin or eczema. I prefer to just stick to one capsule a day.
With any supplement, side effects are something you can’t really run from. Studies have shown that Evening Primrose Oil can sometimes cause upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea/ loose stools, and headaches. I’ve noticed slight nausea when consuming Evening Primrose Oil on an empty stomach. After a few days of trial and error, I realized I felt much better consuming it after a meal. It may also depend on your sensitivity and how your body reacts to it. I suggest easing yourself into it, and not to abruptly add high doses of Evening Primrose Oil into your lifestyle.
Warning & Precautions
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, have bleeding disorders, epilepsy/ seizure disorder, Schizophrenia, please consult your doctor first. More information here.
How to choose good quality Evening Primrose Oil?
Always look for high strength EPO per capsule: 500mg, 1000mg or 1200mg. Recommended dosage ranges from 1-3 g/day for a healthy adult. Next, check on high concentrate GLA, it should be at least 10% GLA per capsule. Always opt for cold pressed oil – this extraction method does not impose external heat and is able to retain the natural profile of the oil. Additional ingredients such as Antioxidant Vitamin E added also helps prevent the oxidation and preserve the freshness of EPO.
Biolife Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg Plus Vitamin E comes in 180s soft capsule @ RM 63, available at all leading pharmacies nationwide.