I get PMS every month, and I get it bad. Whether or not I am on the birth control pill, PMS attacks me relentlessly. I suck down Pamprin like it’s candy. My mother, who introduced me to Pamprin in the first place, introduced me to Evening Primrose Oil a few years ago. She swore up and down that it would help keep my moods balanced, alleviate cramps and lessen the fatigue that accompanies PMS.
She was right.
The difference between Evening Primrose Oil and over-the-counter menstrual relief remedies is that Evening Primrose Oil is a dietary supplement. The Evening Primrose Oil that I take is by Nature’s Bounty. It comes in a 500mg softgel that is 100% pure solvent free. This medium-sized white bottle contains 50 softgels and sells for $4.99. Considering you are supposed to take one softgel 3 -6 times per day, this bottle will last less than a month. However, I take just one softgel per day and have the same effects, so the bottle lasts me nearly 2 months.
Evening Primrose Oil is more popular with women than with men due to the nutritional support for women with PMS and Menopause. Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil is “100% natural, cold-processed, organically cultivated on protected, pesticide-free growing fields and is void of Hexane and all other solvent residue.” The shelf life is approximately 3 years.
The softgels in this bottle are relatively small (about the size of my pinky nail), soft, smooth and easy to swallow. The bottle itself is white with a green pop-up cap. THIS BOTTLE IS NOT CHILD-PROOF!!! That is the only downfall to Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil.
Pregnant and/or lactating women should consult a physician before using this or any other supplement. This product is not intended for use by people under the age of 18. Keep out of reach of children. Consult your doctor before taking this product if you are any prescription medications and/or blood thinners, if you have a bleeding disorder, or if you plan to have or have recently had surgery. Discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur. Side effects may include rash, upset stomach and/or headache.
While many women claim that Evening Primrose Oil helps promote their good health, the Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the benefits of it. Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor does it make the claim that it does. If you’re going to use this item, you will hear about it from the opinions of other people. Consult your physician before taking this and any other dietary supplements.
Other claims of the benefits of Evening Primrose Oil are that it alleviates breast pain and pain from rheumatoid arthritis, lowers cholesterol, helps clear eczema and other skin problems due to diabetic neuropathy, and helps fight heart disease. All I know is that it helps my PMS.
based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Serving size: 1 softgel
Calories from fat: 5
Total fat: 0.5g (Less than 1% Daily Value)
Evening Primrose Oil: 500mg
Cis-Linoleic Acid (LA): 365mg
Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA): 45mg
Other ingredients: gelatin, glycerin
You don’t take Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil like medication. You should take this softgel on a daily basis – just once a day works – every day. You will find yourself reaching for the Pamprin or Midol less and less. It is recommended that you take your dose with meals.
This is a terrific product, especially for women. If you would like more information about Evening Primrose Oil, a useful resource is http://www.berkeleywellness.com/html/ds/dsEveningPrimrose.php. For more information about Nature’s Bounty products, visit http://www.naturesbounty.com or call them at 1-800-433-2990.