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How effective is evening primrose oil?

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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