Why people take Evening Primrose Oil is their business. What interests me is when to take it. That’s why I consulted NOW Foods — a health food and nutritional supplements supplier since 1968 — for guidance…
Dear Award-Winning Manufacturer, Respected Advocate of the Natural Product Industry and Leader in the Fields of Nutritional Science and Methods Development that has been Celebrating Over 40 Years of Empowering Healthy Lives:
Wow, was that the longest salutation in history, or what? Can NOW Foods please settle this debate once and for all right NOW? When is the best time to take your Evening Primrose Oil? Someone I know takes Evening Primrose Oil once a day, but with breakfast. I think that’s absurd! Shouldn’t the ideal time to take Evening Primrose Oil be between 7:30 pm and Midnight? How come only Evening is available? Why don’t Primrose oilers just make it easy for consumers to take whenever they want by selling Morning, Afternoon, Sunset, Sundown, Dusk, Twilight and Holiday Primrose Oils?
I also understand that Evening Primrose Oil contains a high content of Gamma Linolenic Acid. That sounds more like something you clean tile with. Can you? What is Gamma Linolenic Acid and why is it so important? I know Gamma is the third letter of the Greek alphabet, a photography term related to contrast, and a unit of magnetic flux density equal to one nanotesla. Plus, I understand that Linolenic Acid is a liquid unsaturated fatty acid. Does that mean Gamma Linolenic Acid is:
a) An unsaturated fatty acid the Greeks Gamma Grammarized
b) A high contrast very photogenic fatty acid
c) A fatty acid that’s equal to one nanotesla, but is in flux because no one know what the heck a nanotesla is
d) All of the above
e) None of the above
f) Pass and take Sports for 200?
Thank you for leading me down this Primrose path where hopefully some answers await.
NOW Foods responded with:
Here is information on the fatty acid that should answer most of your questions. Let us know otherwise:
Best taken with meals, anytime is fine, and divided dose for those using more than one capsule.
Thank you for your inquiry,
NOW Science & Nutrition Group
Final Thoughts: Thanks to NOW, I now know more about Gamma Linolenic Acid, a.k.a. GLA, than I ever imagined. According to the Wikipedia link NOW kindly provided, it’s a fatty acid found primarily in vegetable oils. It goes on to say, “GLA is categorized as an n−6 (also called ω−6 or omega-6) fatty acid, meaning that the first double bond on the methyl end (designated with n or ω) is the sixth bond. In physiological literature, GLA is designated as 18:3 (n−6). GLA is a carboxylic acid with an 18-carbon chain and three cis double bonds.” There is more, but I only understood about one-fifth of every sentence. No wonder NOW didn’t choose one of the definition options I provided or try to explain GLA themselves. It’s so complex that just reading about it makes your brain feel like it’s soaking in Gamma Linolenic Acid.
Gamma Linolenic Acid was first isolated from the seed oil of evening primrose, an herbaceous flowering plant. But calling the product Evening Primrose Oil is still confusing if you can take it any time you want. How many people take Tylenol PM after breakfast? Probably only those who can’t tell night from day, or people who work night shifts and sleep all day since their night is technically their day. Therefore, the real issue here may be that time is the enemy with time-related named products because while time may heal all wounds, it doesn’t do diddly for many other non-wound health conditions that require nutritional supplements or medications over time, thus creating a potential time conflict.
Since use of GLA has been controversial in the medical world, check with a Primrose professional before taking it. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Evening Primrose Oil. It’s unclear whether you’ll find the information more beneficial to read in the evening or another time of day.
If you already take or are considering taking Evening Primrose Oil, here’s where you can find it from NOW Foods. However, if you’re not sure when the best time is to use a product, it’s time to Write The Company.