Many people know that Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is beneficial for balancing hormones and has been taken to naturally relief the symptoms of post menstrual symptoms, acne, hair loss, skin health and rheumatoid arthritis.
This is due to the presence of essential fatty acids, in particular omega-6. Essential fatty acids provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances.
But did you also know that trials suggest it has more wide-ranging benefits, including these other five benefits:
- Heart Health -
Taking EPO on a daily basis may help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and safeguard against coronary artery disease. This leads to a decreased chance of heart disease and heart attacks.
- Diabetes -
Diabetics may have difficulty producing essential oils and EPO could be an effective supplement. Studies have also discovered that EPO could safeguard individuals from diabetic neuropathy, a nerve condition that can cause pain, tingling, numbness in the legs and toes.
- Impotence -
Since it may help to stimulate blood flow, EPO might help remedy one of the primary reasons for male impotence; compromised penile blood flow. The oil is usually taken together with ginkgo biloba and vitamin C for optimal benefits.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome -
Preliminary studies suggest that using EPO together with high quality fish oil could be a therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) -
Studies have shown that children struggling with ADHD showed increased development after using EPO.
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