You have likely seen it on the shelves of your drug- or health-food store, but do you know what evening primrose oil can do for you? This natural source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is a versatile oil that comes from the tiny seeds of a wildflower, Oenothera biennis L., native to North America.
Very hard to come by in the diet, GLA is an effective anti-inflammatory agent with none of the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. I frequently suggest evening primrose oil for skin conditions, brittle nails and hair, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and premenstrual syndrome. Do not expect immediate results; it takes six to eight weeks to see changes after adding GLA to the diet. When purchasing, choose evening primrose oil that is cold-pressed and extracted without the use of solvents.