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Evening primrose oil - omega 3 or omega 6?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2010 at 8:00 PM

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.

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on October 22, 2011
at 10:32 AM

I used to take it for the symptoms of excess oestrogen - mainly breast pain. It didn't work that well and I'm now on Livial which apparently tricks my one remaining ovary fragment into thinking I have enough hormones so it doesn't produce any more. Complicated I know but it seems to do the trick so no more EPO.

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(45)

on October 17, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I take it for PMS.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 17, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I guess this is more reason for me to take fish oil instead of Evening Primrose Oil, (EPO). I take EPO for PMS.

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on October 17, 2011
at 02:42 AM

It's believed to help neuropathy. Also, some take n-6 oil like EPO or Borage Oil because they believe certain n-6 oils need to be supplemented, just like n-3s.

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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).

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 17, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I guess this is more reason for me to take fish oil instead of Evening Primrose Oil, (EPO). I take EPO for PMS.

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on October 17, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Queen of the stone age, sorry to re-open an old post, but what do you use evening primrose oil for?

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(5147)

on October 17, 2011
at 02:42 AM

It's believed to help neuropathy. Also, some take n-6 oil like EPO or Borage Oil because they believe certain n-6 oils need to be supplemented, just like n-3s.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 17, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I take it for PMS.

C61399790c6531a0af344ab0c40048f1

on October 22, 2011
at 10:32 AM

I used to take it for the symptoms of excess oestrogen - mainly breast pain. It didn't work that well and I'm now on Livial which apparently tricks my one remaining ovary fragment into thinking I have enough hormones so it doesn't produce any more. Complicated I know but it seems to do the trick so no more EPO.

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