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What is Primrose Oil?

What is Primrose Oil?

Primrose Oil is a popular supplement and has a number of claimed benefits. But are these benefits true? And what exactly is primrose oil? Let’s find out.


What is Primrose Oil?

Primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of the primrose plant. It has become a popular supplement due to the fact that it is rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids. Omega-6 is an important building block for cell membranes and plays an important role in brain function. Along with Omega-3 fatty acids, it is incredibly important for general health and well being, allowing your body to function as it should.

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The Benefits of Primrose Oil

✓ Skincare

Primrose oil has been proven to benefit people who suffer from a variety of skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Supplementing with primrose oil can help reduce inflammation and redness on the skin.

It can also be a great way to combat acne. Acne stems from a hormone imbalance and primrose oil can help to balance your hormones and therefore reduce the acne. Taking just one primrose oil capsule a day can have a positive effect for your skin.

✓ Hair Loss

There are many men, and some women, who suffer from hair loss. Hair loss is often directly related to hormones. Supplementing with primrose oil can help prevent hair loss and even help the regrowth of hair. If you are suffering from hair loss then you should make primrose oil supplements part of your daily routine now! There is certainly a good chance it can help.

✓ Weight Loss

For so many people weight loss is a goal. When it comes to primrose oil there is no conclusive evidence that it can cause weight loss directly. Studies have been carried out and yielded different results, which means the only realistic conclusion to make is more research is needed. Really it comes down to preference. With a host of other benefits it seems worthwhile making it part of your supplement routine, but do not rely on primrose oil to lead you to losing body fat.

✓ Arthritis

Arthritis is caused due to inflammation between the joints. In the same way that primrose oil can help to treat psoriasis (inflammation of the skin), it can help to reduce inflammation between your joints. This can result in reduced arthritic symptoms, along with less pain and joint stiffness and better mobility to improve your daily life.

Arthritis is associated more with the older generation, but it is something that can come to affect us all, and trying to reduce it early will only help in the long run. This is especially prevalent if you’re constantly lifting weights. Lifting heavy weight doesn’t just out stress on your muscles, but also on your joints.

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Are There Any Risks?

As usual with all supplements it is important to stick to the recommended daily dosage, which is around 1-3 softgels on a daily basis. There are a few circumstances when supplementing with primrose oil should be avoided:

✗ If You’re Pregnant

There is very little information out there about the dangers of supplementing with primrose oil during pregnancy, so it should be avoided if necessary

✗ If You Suffer From Epilepsy

There are claims that there is an increased risk of having a seizure if epileptic and supplementing with primrose oil. The information around this is inconclusive, but it is better to be safe than sorry. If you’re in any doubt consult your doctor.

✗ If You Have Had Surgery

Studies have suggested that there is an increased risk of bleeding during and after surgery if you’re taking primrose oil. So if you’re had or are about to have an operation stay off the primrose oil until the you fully recovered.


Take Home Message

The main benefit of primrose oil seems to be related to skin health. If you’re suffering from any skin condition then you should definitely consider supplementing with primrose oil to see if it has any positive impacts for you and your skin health.

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