Women's Menopause Health Center March 15, 2007 Newsletter.
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PMS Relief Using Evening Primrose Oil.
By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH
The active ingredient in evening primrose oil, GLA, is not readily available through food, but
supplements are a promising option for PMS - and a host of other conditions.
Ever seen that bumper sticker, "Back off: Driver has PMS"? Yeah, the driver-and a lot of other women!
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is an extremely common disorder-up to 85 percent of menstruating
women experience some of its symptoms, while 2-10 percent battle with severe symptoms. Widely
used by herbalists to ease the emotional and physical symptoms of PMS, evening primrose oil (EPO)
is an ideal alternative to conventional PMS therapies, such as antidepressants, birth control pills and
antianxiety drugs. And although research has been mixed, the supplement remains a favorite among
women and holistic doctors.
(Ed. note: Another highly effective remedy for PMS is USP progesterone cream. For more information on progesterone cream for PMS symptoms, click here.)
Case in point: In an Australian study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, EPO was
rated as one of the three most helpful treatments for PMS, according to 300 women who had tried
various therapies, ranging from increased fluid intake to exercise to painkillers.
A Fat that Fights PMS Native to North America, evening primrose (oenothera biennis) is a 3- to 7 -
foot-tall member of the willow herb family. The name reflects the fact that its yellow flowers open in the
evening. The tiny seeds are harvested and pressed to release the healing oil.
EPO is rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids, one of which-gamma linolenic acid (GLA)-is thought to
be the herb's active ingredient.
Under ideal conditions, the body produces GLA from another omega-6 fat called linolenic acid. In turn,
GLA is used to produce an anti-inflammatory hormone-like compound (prostaglandin E1, or PGE1).
Some women, however, have a "metabolic block" that interferes with the body's process of making
GLA, resulting in more severe PMS symptoms, such as fluid retention, breast tenderness, irritability
and depression. In preliminary research, EPO has helped people with this condition. Unfortunately,
the diagnosis can only be made through a blood test. However, EPO should treat the condition if you
indeed have it.
EPO may also help women suffering from another female-related disorder: a deficiency of PGE1 in the central nervous system and in other tissue, such as the breasts. Studies demonstrate that GLA
supplements have a significant effect on symptoms of PMS, particularly breast tenderness.
According to Tori Hudson, ND, medical director of the Institute of Women's Health and Integrative
Medicine in Portland, OR, GLA has been shown to improve PMS symptoms, including headaches,
depression, irritability and bloating. It dramatically relieves PMS breast pain and tenderness, she
GLA is especially popular in England for treating breast pain (mastalgia) and has been officially
licensed for this use there. Incidentally, some research has found lowered levels of GLA metabolites
(a marker for levels of the fat in the body) in patients with mastalgia.
The science looks better for many other uses of EPO. Diabetes, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome (an autoimmune condition), eczema, and other skin conditions all improve with the anti-inflammatory
properties of EPO. In general, essential fatty acids are critically important to keep women healthy and
prevent cardiovascular disease, mental disorders, menstrual cramps, abnormal menstrual bleeding,
osteoporosis, breast disease, inflammatory arthritis, asthma and some symptoms of menopause.
Dosage Information: Dietary sources of GLA are borage oil (the richest source), black currant oil and
evening primrose oil. Studies often employ 30006000mg of EPO (with 270-540mg of GLA) per day.
The body needs other nutrients along with GLA to make PGE1 Therefore, combine EPO with
magnesium, vitamins B6 and C, zinc and niacin. C
(Editor's note: For more information on GLA and PMS, see fatsforhealth.com.)
March Menopause Food Recipe: Spinach-Walnut SauteMarch Bath and Body Recipe: Safe, Organic Cleaning Compounds.March Exercise Tip: Strength Workout.
Do you remember our newsletter last year detailing how Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was attempting to stop compounding pharmacists from prescribing natural progesterone (diosgenin) after their profits fell by more than 57% from $2.07 billion in 2003 to $800 million in 2004 (after the WHI study had to be stopped)?
Well, now they have gone after centers like ours making complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC's position backed by the big pharmaceutical companies is that Dr. John Lee, M.D.'s studies were not scientific and did not rise to the standard of FDA and National Institutes of Health studies, and that our claims about natural progesterone are false, unfair, deceptive, misleading advertising in violation of the law..
This is an attempt to force women into taking unsafe proven cancer causing synthetic hormones using your tax dollar to harass natural hormone suppliers. We here at the Women's Menopause Health Center refuse to take away your choice of a healthy alternative to Premarin, Prempro and the other dangerous drugs. We are taking a stand against this heavy handed attempt to destroy competition. We are going to fight for your choice of a healthy way to get through menopause comfortably and safely.
(Ed. note: This was from our newsletter last year. The continued harassment by the FTC has caused us to discontinue our wonderful product. Do not be forced into taking something that can kill you. You may purchase safe progesterone cream at your local health food store, or find it a lot less expensively on line at places like ebay and yahoo stores. Do not let these heavy handed tactics destroy your health!)
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