How effective is evening primrose oil?

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Evening primrose oil increases the levels of an essential fatty acid in the body, which would be low in people who drink too much alcohol, have low thyroid function, undergo radiation treatment or simply don't eat enough of the right fats. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found evidence that evening primrose oil relieves itching, inflammation and flaking in patients with eczema. Other research on its anti-inflammatory effects found unclear evidence that it has any impact on conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and multiple sclerosis, and no proof that it is effective to treat PMS and menopause.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.
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