“ Dosage Form: Oil „
I have been taking Evening Primrose Oil tablets for many years and started taking them after reading about the benefits they can offer to the more mature woman. I have tried a lot of different brands and can say that they all really do the same job, I can't say that any particular brand stand out, and I will just pick them up when I see them on offer. I bought these Sainsbury's 500mg tablets as they were on offer for three for two, and as they were only £1.00 got three tubs for £2.00 which will last for three months so I thought this was very good value.
The tub is bright yellow and has the world Balance in large white writing on the front, along with the ingredients and instructions for use. The capsules are oval in shape and are clear with a yellow golden tint to them. You can see the liquid inside and if you squeeze them you can feel the liquid moving about which feels quite weird. I have tried in the past to take the 1000mg size but they are just too big for me to swallow and I did experience some getting stuck and ended up spitting them out, but the 500mg size is much smaller and easier to swallow. I will usually take them with a glass of water but I can actually swallow them without if I am in a rush as long as I have got quite a bit of spit in my mouth.
I have gone through the menopause and come out the other side and have not needed any other medicine or hormone replacement treatments and I do think that Evening Primrose tablets have helped me with this. Although I did have hot flushes these were mainly at night so I think I got away quite lightly. Apparently the primrose oil can help with hormonic effects which present during the menopause and it can also help with mood changes and depression.
Another benefit is that since taking these tablets I have found that my skin and general completion looks healthier, so I will continue to take these or similar Evening Primrose tablets. I am not sure if I would feel any differently if I didn't take them but I don't want to take the risk. I recommend these tablets and will buy them again if they are on offer.
It was about 7 years ago that I first started using Evening Primrose oil in the form of capsules in an attempt to try and clear up my Eczema. I had suffered with eczema quite badly for about 6 months, when a work colleague of mine suggested that I should give it a try, and as I was willing to try anything to get rid of the eczema I tried it the next day.
~~~ What is Evening Primrose Oil? ~~~
The Evening Primrose plant is the source for the oil. The plants are native to North America, and have pretty little yellow flowers on them. The oil which is derived from these plants contains a rich source of gamma-linoleic acid, which is better known as GLA. The human body makes its own GLA from essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids have numerous functions in the body, such as toning blood vessels, balancing water levels, and improving the action of the digestive system, and brain functioning.
This makes evening Primrose Oil ideal for sufferers of eczema and psoriasis, as it helps to reduce the scaling and redness, and prevents itching and irritation, as well as encouraging the skin to heal.
~~~ Did it work for me? ~~~
This is very difficult for me to give a direct YES or No answer to, simply because I was trying numerous other creams and ointments at the same time, and also moved to new house, as well as started a new job which all coincided with my eczema starting to clear up rapidly before disappearing completely.
As I mentioned above I did suffer with it really badly, and it gradually took over my whole body, and I was often woken in the night by my wife to let me know that I was scratching uncontrollably at it, and almost every morning my sheets were covered in blood stains from my scratching and itching. I started to feel like I would never get rid of it, and I hated socialising with friends and family as I was so embarrassed at the state of my skin.
I took Evening Primrose Oil in the form of the capsules. I took 1 X 1000mg capsule a day, and within 3-4 weeks, my skin was back to normal, and if anything it was better than it had ever been. Once my supply of capsules ran out, I never bothered to replace it, because as far as I was concerned that was the end of the eczema.
Several times since my original bout of eczema cleared it, it has returned, most recently this winter, and so I went out to purchase some more capsules from my local Sainsbury's store. Sainsbury's sell the capsules in a variety of different pack sizes from 30 capsules up to 90 capsules, with the 90 capsule packs working out better value. I paid £2:89 for a pack of 90, but they work out even better value if you buy 3 packs, with the current offer of buy 3 pay for 2, which is ideal if you want a big stock of these in. On top of this of course there are the Nectar points to collect too. Sainsbury's also offer the option of 500mg or 1000mg capsules, so I opted for the 500mg capsules, as I believed my skin was not as bad as it had been in previous years. These capsules also contain a source of Vitamin E, and a 500mg capsule actually contains 83% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin E which is an added bonus.
They come in a white plastic pot which has a push and twist safety cap at the top of it. A bright yellow label wraps around the centre of the bottle which displays the number of capsules contained within the pot and the strength of the capsule.
To the rear of the label there is a little list of ingredients, along with the usual safety warning and storage advice (see below). So far these capsules from Sainsbury's already seem to be having an effect, and my skin is beginning to heal and become more radiant.
KEEP OUT OF SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN
Do not use if inner seal is broken.
Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.
If pregnant or planning a pregnancy, seek medical advice before taking supplements.
People with epilepsy should consult their doctor before taking this product.
Not recommended for children under 12.
Replace cap and turn until click is heard.
Evening Primrose Oil, Capsule Shell (Beef Gelatin, Glycerol), Vitamin E Acetate, Triglycerides, Sunflower Lecithin.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
Evening Primrose Oil is a widely used supplement used mostly by women. There is a good reason for that. It really does help with many of the more unpleasant both personally and to others features of being a woman.
It is able to ease the symptoms of period pain and so reduce the need to take painkillers. It helps pre-mentural syndrome which relieves both the person taking the Evening Primrose Oil and those living and working with her. It can help endometriois sufferers without having to go under the knife and ease the painful breasts which can make life miserable at the wrong time of the month.
It does this because Evening Primrose Oil is so high in GLA - at almost 10% - which is an essential fatty acid with healing and anti-inflamatory properties. This is metabolised when consumed to the prostaglandins which regulate many bodily functions. If some of yours are off-balance - as some of mine are - Evening Primrose Oil can help put those balances back to where they should be or at least a lot closer to normal and so with much easier to manage symptoms.
Evening Primrose Oil is also used by those with eczema and though the scientific evidence is mixed to moderately helpful. Those whose eczema may come from an inability to metabolose GLA from food may especially benefit. I do find that it does help my skin, which does experience some eczema patches and the occasional flare up. I do belt and braces this though with taking the supplement and body lotion which contains Evening Primrose Oil.
The anti-inflamatory properties of Evening Primrose Oil have also been shown to be useful to those suffering from arthritis and rhuematism. It does seem to help ease the pain I get from my damaged wrist.
Other uses include rosacea, acne, liver damage and even dementia and Alzheimers.
Evening Primrose Oil has been used by Native Americans for centuries, which is plenty of time for the benefits to be confirmed and any nasty side-effects to show up.
This product should be avoided by people with epilepsy, schizophrenia and bleeding/clotting disorders . Pregnant women or those trying for a baby should also be careful. Some people may experience bloating and or some gastric upsets from this product, though I personally have not.
The Sainsbury capsules include Vitamin E and come in the usual Sainsbury's robust and recyclable plastic container.
This is not the strongest Evening Primrose Oil on the market. For that, you will pay a lot more. However, this is a very reasonably priced way of seeing if this product can help you or your female family members with their period problems.
At £2.89 for 90 500mg capsules and available for a three for the price of two deal at Sainsbury's, this is a good value time to try out Evening Primrose Oil. I will certainly be restocking my own medicine cupboard.
I was sick and tired of my mood being dependent on my Hormones and decided to do something about it, after some research I thought I'd give Evening Primrose a go.
I was in Sainsburys when I spotted a tub so grabbed some. At a cost of a couple of quid for 90 capsules (£2.89 at the time of writing) it was a lot cheaper than the proper brand which was around £7 for only 30. Containing 500mg this is not as strong as the proper brand as these contain 1000mg- still alot cheaper though and I could always take double the amount because the dosage is one or two aday. They are also 3 for 2 at the moment.
Evening Primrose Oil is high in Gamma-Linolenic Acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid which apparently helps the body produce certain prostaglandins (hormones) and for healthy skin.
The capsules come in yellow tub with a safety lid, the info is clearly written on it. We're told to take one or two aday- I usually take one but two when I feel myself 'going'. The capsules themselves are yellow jelly cased (beef gelatine) and larger than a paracetamol but easy to swallow, you can't chew them. They also contain vitamin E. They don't taste of anything and don't repeat on me.
I've just done some research online and am surprised to learn of the benefits of Evening Primrose Oil. It's used for eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It is also for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, Raynaud's syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, dyspraxia, leg pain, alcoholism (I know??), Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, chronic fatigue, asthma, diabetic nerve damage, itching, adhd, obesity, whooping cough, gastro disorders.
In pregnancy for high blood pressure, aiding labour, pms, breast pain and menopause although it does say it may not be safe to take during pregnancy- phew quite a list- alot of claims for a plant seed!! I wouldn't take it when pregnant without asking the Doctor first.
'Medicine Net' says the claims aren't proven except for breast pain and osteoporosis but in combination with calcium and fish oil.
The only ailment I have of these is pms, I do get spots it doesn't help prevent these- for me anyway. My hair or skin isn't improved although it doesn't claim to help hair. You'd think taking oils would help hydrate skin- but it doesn't seem to.
Are my hormones calmer?
Once a month I feel annoyed, everything annoys me even my clothes touching my skin annoys me- strange I know- I still feel like this but definitely not as much.
I've been taking Evening Primrose for about a year now and I do feel less tetchy, I don't want to kill people as much so I think it must be doing something even if it's just a placebo effect. I really don't suffer cramps so can't comment on their effectiveness for this problem.
I don't feel healthier for taking them, but I haven't had an adverse reaction from them.
4 Stars from me as the price is great.
Nature provides us with such beauty. Every night between June and September, the wildflower, Evening Primrose, opens its petals to the stars and the moon. Herbalists discovered that the seeds of this plant have healing properties. This may be nothing more than a myth as the science has not yet backed up the herbalists of old claims of Primrose oil being a cure for eczema (inflamed and itchy skin) and a nutritional support during the menstrual cycle, rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory disorder of the joints), diabetes and breast pain.
Evening Primrose seeds contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This is a polyunsaturated essential fatty omega 6 acid which helps maintain normal cell growth healthy skin and aid healthy skin. The body does not produce this oil so the only source is through diet or these tablets which hold the oil extracted from the seeds.
The wildflower is found in Europe, parts of the Southern hemisphere and North America.
No studies have been large scale enough as yet to prove the health benefits of Evening Primrose oil.
Some women report a difference in temperament if taken just prior to periods and claim it reduces or even stops PMT. I feel that antidotal evidence should be valued. Women have taken it and reported positive results. Therefore, just because science hasn't definitively proved something it does not mean the healing properties are not there. And if it is a placebo drug - so what - there are a great deal fewer suffering women as a result. Women have also reported less bloating during their periods and no stomach cramps. People with low levels of GLA in their bodies are thought to suffer more with pre-menstrual tension, hence, why it might be worth trying these capsules. In some shops the liquid form is available which, I believe, is stronger.
The most positive reported claims are from people who have rubbed it onto the face topically for eczema and acne. If the liquid form is not available than these capsules can be broken to obtain the oil though that can be fiddly and inconvenient. It doesn't have a particularly nice smell. Scientists have proved mild benefits from the oil for skin conditions.
The capsules are for children and adults over the age of twelve only. Store in a cool, dry place. Consult a GP before taking if you are on any medications. Pregnant women shouldn't take vitamin supplements without medical consultation. There can be mild side effects of tummy upsets and headaches.
Take one to two a day of 500mg capsules (I take two) or if I have 1000mg capsules, I take just the one.
What I found from taking them:
I suffer badly with hormone related breast pain or rather I did. I took these after hearing that some studies have shown that some women may benefit from taking them with this condition. The general advice is that if there is no change to the pain and discomfort within four weeks; don't bother continuing with the capsules as it will not work for you.
Here's the thing, it could be coincidence, but the pain did go. I continued taking the tablets for two years now and only had one repeat- two months this summer of dreadful pain. This went again. I cannot tell you what other factors might have aided my good health or what brought back that terrible pain for a while. I don't feel that I can give up taking them because I suspect evening primrose does help me to some extent.
Ultimately, as with all supplements, it's better to have a healthy diet with fruit, vegetables and lentils providing the required fatty acid. I can't see the harm of taking it topically for skin conditions but I haven't personally seen it solve PMS. The only reason I take them is because I absolutely know my terrible pain that I suffered disappeared when I took the tablets. I don't know whether I can attribute this to evening primrose oil and I'm nervous of experimenting by coming off them in case I have to go through that pain again.
Always, address your diet before resorting to supplements. There are people who have reported adverse reactions to this so be aware of any changes in your health and consider evening primrose as as a cause.
I am a firm believer in Evening Primrose oil. I have been taking it for about 8 years and have tried a few different brands, and found aldi and sainsburys the best ones.
Evening Primrose Oil is said to relieve a lot of the symptoms that are associated with the menstrual cycle. I find that they do generally make me less moody (which can only be a good thing) but I don't suffer many other symptoms, so I'm not too sure how they help all the others.
The sainsburys capsules cost 72p for 30 x 500mg capsules, which isn't a bad price as that will obviously last for 4 weeks (I think it's generally recommended to only take one a day). You can also get a pot that contains 90 for £2.20. They also do these quantities in 1000mg which are more expensive. I only got the 500mg as it was cheaper, and I think most other brands are only 500mg.
The capsules themselves are made with beef gelatin, so they aren't actually suitable for vegetarians, but I'm not sure if that is the case with all the brands of capsules. They are quite a small capsule (The boots ones are huge, like torpedoes), so they are very easy to swallow, and the fact they are a capsule not a tablet helps that too.
The tub comes with a lid that you have to squeeze the sides of to twist it off, I think that is a bit child proof but not completely so it's still worth keeping well away from them.
I would recommend these second after Aldi's version, but only as the aldi ones are cheaper.
A long time ago I started researching into taking a supplement of Evening Primrose Oil. I was about to hit 30 and after researching into it I did feel it would be beneficial to me so I have now taken it every day for about 6 years! I take it always and no matter what (apart from having a brief break which I will come on to later lol!)
Why Did I Start Taking It?
Well like I said I researched into taking different supplements before just simply taking them. My health at the time wasn't great and all that started me off on this was that one of my mates recommended it to me as a 'ladies' supplement and basically said it helped with 'women's' issues. Well me at the time had period problems, general cramps and stuff like that and that is why I started on the research into this in the first place lol. Looking into Evening Primrose a bit closer it is a bit more than what my mate suggested!
First off this flower has been used in a variety of ways since the 1930's and started it's helping with eczema and general skin conditions and allergies. It is also thought to be helpful with diabeties and cancer and rheumatoid condions and as my friend suggested it is thought to be helpful with probelms affecting women's health, such as breast pain associated with the menstrual cycle, menopausal symptoms, and premenstrual syndrome. Me, well I had at the time pre-menstral tension and suffered with itchy skin and even now suffer with skin allergies so this seemed a perfect addition to my medications I was already taking as it is safe for most people to take with no side effects at all as it is naturally sourced.
When I started looking at ways to incorporate this mighty bloom into my life there were/are numerous ways. You can pops capsules, bath in it, slap it on your skin, drink it you name it you can do it. A lot of the supplements I found at the time cost an arm and a leg until I found these and I have as I mentioned earlier took them every day and these work out very economical in my opinion.
Well first off you can buy these in a 30 capsule size (which costs 71p a tub) or in a 90 capsule tub for £1.95. The capsules I take are the one's I'm reviewing now which contain 500mg of Evening Primrose Oil but they are also available in a 1000mg dosage (also from Sainsbury's) and the only reason I don't take the higher dosage is because I find them far too big to swallow and so I take 500mg but of course I could simply take two of them if I desired to make the 1000mg up I reckon (though I don't!) lol.
Whatever size or dosage you buy the tubs all look the same. They are white with yellow plastic push and twist safety caps to the top of them and then the label around it is yellow and white in colour. On the front I'm told they are Sainsbury's Evening Primrose Oil 500mg 'Women's Health' and the size is stated (in my case it says 90 tablets which of course is 3 months supply for less than £2.00!). Other information on the back of the tub includes being told a bit about the product, what the capsules contain and ingredients are listed, warnings are given, and contact details for Sainsbury's are stated. It's a functional looking tub and gives plenty of information on it which I do approve of!
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Tub:
Sainsbury's Evening Primrose Oil 500mg capsules contain GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid), which plays an important role in helping to maintain hormone balance and healthy skin. Some women find this a useful supplement to take before and during their period.
Each Capsule Provides:
Vitamin E & Evening Primrose Oil.
Small, oval and translucent, oily looking and a light golden colour they are capsules and if you squeeze them them they feel like a thin skin containing liquid but they don't burst! (Well I haven't burst one yet lol) They are not very big and like I mentioned a while ago they are not as big in size as the 1000mg one's so I find these my best option and I simply take them whenever I remember to with a glass of water. They slide down the throat with ease and that's it job done. No repeating on me and no nasty after-taste either. They are so simple to take, they melt in your stomach (so no chewing these like sweeties) and you get on with your life!
Do They Work?:.
According to clinical tests and trials run on this type of product the results are ominous. There is no reported suggestion that they do much for anything and some people love them and swear by them, for other people they do nothing at all. Me.....well I think they do help with my health issues quite a bit. Like I say I took mine for a long time and it was when I stopped taking them I noticed that for me they did help particularly with my period problems. By taking these I feel like I'm less hormonal and more in control of my life and during that time of the month my cramps are not so bad as they were prior to taking them. When not taking them I was more irrational and a lot more in pain. I don't know if they help with skin problems and the illnesses I mentioned previously as I don't have those issues but I don't think it helps with my allergies (I'm currently sat here with a massive hayfever rash!).
These are not a miracle cure to illness and I don't feel that these are a short term fixer either. I took mine every day for a good couple of months before I started to feel any benefit and that was so slight I almost missed it but like I say when I stopped taking them I didn't feel so good I know that much so if interested in taking an Evening Primrose supplement......yes I recommend these. They are a great price and as good in the way of their composition as many leading brands for a rather small price tag!
Only available in Sainsbury's stores.
Sainsbury's / 30 capsules / 500mg.