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Brand: Now Foods     Categories: Essential Fatty Acids / Primrose / Women's Health


 

Evening Primrose 500mg

 

NOW® Evening Primrose Oil contains naturally occurring Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid found in Evening Primrose, Borage and Black Currant seed oils. Although the body can manufacture GLA from dietary linoleic acid, it can be more efficiently utilized for body functions when supplied directly by these dietary sources.

Item#

Brand

Name

Size

Form

Retail

Price

 

19020

Now Foods

Evening Primrose 500mg

100

Soft Gel

$10.99

$6.55

 

1489

Now Foods

Evening Primrose 500mg

250

Soft Gel

$23.99

$14.13

 

 



Evening Primrose 500mg

Evening Primrose 500mg  100  Soft Gel


Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 3 Softgels
Servings Per Container: 83

Calories - 15 Calories from fat - 15

Amount per
serving
% Daily*
Value

Total Fat

1.5

g

2%

   Saturated Fat

0

g

0%

   Polyunsaturated Fat

1

g

**

   Monounsaturated Fat

<0.5

g

**

Evening Primrose Oil
(Oenothera biennis (Seed)

1,500

mg

**

   Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)

135

mg

**

*Percent Daily Values are based on the 2000 Calorie Diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Daily value not established.


Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 3 softgels 1-2 times daily with meals.


Free of: hexane, sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.


Other Ingredients: gelatin, glycerin, water.


Warnings: None

 

Primrose Oil Quality

By Upasana Abbott, NOW Quality Department


Primrose oil is valued for its gamma–linolenic acid (GLA; 18:3 omega-6) content. GLA is claimed to be effective in reducing inflammation and treating atopic eczema, diabetic neuropathy and certain cancers (McDonald and Fitzpatrick, 1998). GLA rich oils are effective in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, age related diseases and alcoholism (Broadhurst and Winther, 2000).


In our diets, GLA is obtained from the conversion of the dietary precursor linoleic acid via the action of delta-6-desaturase. However, impairment of the delta-6-desaturase activity may result in the functional deficiency of GLA and leads to pathogenesis associated with inflammatory, autoimmune and other diseases (Wu and Meydani, 1996). Supplementation with GLA helps in alleviating some of the symptoms of the above health conditions.


At NOW Foods, Primrose oil is analyzed for its GLA content by performing gas chromatography of methyl esters of fatty acids. We use this method to confirm the identity of Primrose Oil by its unique fatty acid profile and measure the amount of GLA present in it. This is achieved by separating GLA from other fatty acids especially Linoleic and Linolenic acids. Linoleic and Linolenic acids are also present in common oils such as soybean oil, flax oil and walnut oil but GLA is unique to Primrose and some other special oils. The GLA content is accurately measured by using internal standards technique.


All these steps are taken to assure that our customers get what they are buying Primrose oil for: Authentic Primrose Oil and GLA content more than 9%.


Reference:

Broadhurst, C.L., and Winther, M. (2000). Evening Primrose Oil: pharmacological and clinical applications. In G. Mazza. And B.D. Oomah (Eds.), Herbs, botanicals and teas as functional foods and nutraceuticals (pp 213-264). Lancaster, PA: Technomic Publishing Co., Inc.

Manku, M.S. A comparison of GLC and HPLC methods for determining fatty acid composition of evening primrose and soybean oil. J. Chromatographic Science (1983) 21(8): 367-369 McDonald, B.E., and Fitzpatrick, K. (1998). Designer Vegetable Oils. In G. Mazza (Ed). Functional foods, biochemical and processing aspects (pp. 265-291). Lancaster, PA:Technomic Publishing Co., Inc.

Wu, D. and Meydani, S.N. (1996). ?-Linolenic acid and immune function. In Y.S. Huang, and D.E.Mills (Eds.), ?-Linolenic acid: metabolism and its roles in nutrition and medicine (pp.106-117), Champaign, IL: AOCS Press

 

 


 






 
 

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