Does anyone know whether evening primrose oil is high in omega 3 or omega 6? I've seen it mentioned in connection with both. Apparently it contains GLA Gamma Linolenic Acid. Not sure if this is good or bad.
asked byqueen_of_the_stone_age (2255)
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on April 06, 2010
at 03:14 AM
It is omega 6, mostly linoleic acid, with some GLA. People usually make GLA from linoleic acid, but apparently age and disease states hinder that process. It seems unnecessary except in rare deficiencies, but I guess it's often recommended anyway. Maybe you could increase your omega 3 intake when you use primrose oil, to keep 3 and 6 in better balance? (Even though the bottle will say 90 mg GLA or something, it might not say 700 mg linoleic acid, which is also there, so it would be like 800 mg net omega 6).