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Essential Fatty Acids - Evening Primrose Oil 500 mg Cold Pressed and Hexane Free Softgels (180 Count)

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    • High quality, high potency, cold pressed and hexane free oil from non GMO Evening Primrose (seed)!
    • Great natural source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and !

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    Product Information

    Quick Notes:

    • High quality, high potency, cold pressed and hexane free oil from non GMO Evening Primrose (seed)!
    • Great natural source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Linoleic Acid - unsaturated essential fatty acids!
    • Supports women's health and nutritional support for premenstrual syndrome!
    • Supports hormonal balance and inflammatory response!
    • Supports nervous system, cell membrane and skin!
    • Can offset the body's declining ability to convert Linoleic Acid to Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA).
    • Exceptionally clean and high quality Canadian raw material source!
    • Herbicide and pesticide free!
    • Contains zero grams of Trans-fat!


    Our Evening Primrose Oil is cold pressed without the use of solvents such as hexane. Primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of a tiny short lived wildflower. Primrose was native to North America, but this flower is now grown in more than 30 countries and harvested for its oil. The oil is a good source of linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is also derived from linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid present in common vegetable oils like safflower and sunflower. GLA is the precursor for many important prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that may affect blood thickness, skin health, joint health, cholesterol levels, blood vessel dilation, blood vessel constriction, and inflammation. Although omega-6s are readily available in the diet many people are still deficient in GLA. Scientists believe the processing and hydrogenation of oils may be to blame; hypothesizing that the hydrogenation inhibits the conversion of omega-6 to GLA. That is why many people look to supplementation. Besides primrose oil, the primary dietary sources of GLA are black currant seed oil and borage seed oil.

    Research indicates:

    • May have positive effects on cardiovascular health
    • May support breast health
    • May maintain normal weight
    • May support healthy immune function
    • May support skin health
    • May support healthy joint function
    • May support symptom relief associated with PMS


    Essential Fatty Acids

    Evening Primrose Oil

    Fatty Acids

    Gamma Linolenic Acid



    Linoleic Acid

    Oleic Acid

    Omega 6

    Suggested Use:Take 1 softgel with food up to six times daily.


    Keep in a cool, dry place.

    Allergy Warnings:

    This product is contraindicated for individuals with hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.


    • Everyone has unique body chemistry. All patients should be aware of potential drug and supplement interaction. You are encouraged to consult with your primary health care professional before taking any supplement product.

    • If you are taking any blood thinning, blood pressure, or Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medication please consult with your primary health care professional before taking this product.

    • If you have epilepsy or any seizure disorder, schizophrenia, or are pregnant or lactating, consult a health care practitioner prior to using this product.

    Pregnancy Warning:

    If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health condition, or are taking any medications please consult with your health care practitioner before using this product.

    Keep out of reach of children.


    • The following scientific literature references, articles, and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    • Information about this product is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
    1. Macfarlane GJ, El-Metwally A, De Silva V, et al. Evidence for the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines in the management of rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2011;50(9):1672-1683.

    2. Zurier RB, Rossetti RG, Jacobson EW, et al. gamma-Linolenic acid treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Arthritis Rheum. 1996;39:1808-1817.

    3. Henz BM, Jablonska S, van de Kerkhof PC, et al. Double-blind, multicentre analysis of the efficacy of borage oil in patients with atopic eczema. Br J Dermatol.1999;140:685-688.

    4. Rothman D, DeLuca P, Zurier RB. Botanical lipids: Effects on inflammation, immune responses, and rheumatoid arthritis. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 1995;25:87-96.

    5.Tulloch I, Smellie WS, Buck AC. Evening primrose oil reduces urinary calcium excretion in both normal and hypercalciuric rats. Urol Res. 1994;22:227-230.

    6. Berth-Jones J, Graham-Brown RA. Placebo-controlled trial of essential fatty acid supplementation in atopic dermatitis. Lancet. 1993;341:1557-1560.

    7. Leventhal LJ, Boyce EG, Zurier RB. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with gammalinolenic acid. Ann Intern Med. 1993;119:867-873.

    8. Keen H, Payan J, Allawi J, et al. Treatment of diabetic neuropathy with gamma-linolenic acid. The gamma-Linolenic Acid Multicenter Trial Group. Diabetes Care. 1993;16:8-15.

    9. Horrobin DF, Manku MS, Brush M, et al. Abnormalities in plasma essential fatty acid levels in women with premenstrual syndrome and with nonmalignant breast disease. J Nutr Med. 1991;2:259-264.

    10. Horrobin DF. Nutritional and medical importance of gamma-linolenic acid. Prog Lipid Res. 1992;31:163-194.

    11. Horrobin DF. The use of gamma-linolenic acid in diabetic neuropathy. Agents Actions Suppl. 1992;37:120-144.

    12. Horrobin DF, Stewart C. Evening primrose oil in atopic eczema. Lancet. 1990;335:864-865.


    Frequently Asked Questions - Essential Fatty Acids

    • What is an omega-3?

      Omega-3s are essential fatty acids. A good example of this would be eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both of these essential fatty acids are necessary for human health. The body can synthesize EPA and DHA; however, in very small quantities. Consequently, supplementation of these nutrients is necessary to ensure optimal health.

    • What are EPA and DHA?

      Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are long-chain fatty acids that have demonstrated health benefits. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has numerous benefits including heart health support, brain health support, and eye health support*

    • What are some dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids?

      Rich dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids are cold-water marine fish (i.e. sardines, anchovies, cod, tuna, salmon, halibut, mackerel and herring). Certain types of algae and shellfish also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

    • What are the benefits from regularly taking fish oil?

      Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has numerous benefits including heart health support, brain health support, and eye health support*

    • Do your fish oil products contain high amounts of heavy metals?

      All of the fish oils in all of our fish-oil containing products are always tested for heavy metal contamination to provide safe products to our customers.

    • Is there any iodine in the fish oil in EPA & DHA softgels?

      Historically, the iodine content of our fish oil has been less than 1ppm. Typically the amount is extremely low.

    • What the difference is between molecularly distilled and steam distilled fish oils?

      Steam distillation is when steam is added to a mixture of two or more constituents. The two liquids are heated simultaneously and vaporize to an extent determined by their own volatility. This means that the boiling point of the mixture is lower than that of both constituents, and the percentage of each constituent in the vapor depends only on its vapor pressure at this temperature. This process is useful when a mixture contains one or more compounds that may be damaged by overheating.

      Molecular distillation distills substances at temperatures below their normal boiling points. The liquid is placed in a cylinder where a vacuum pump evacuates all of the air creating an environment where boiling can occur at lower than normal temperatures. This speeds the distillation process, increases the concentration of omega-3’s, and is as effective as steam distillation.

    • How much cholesterol is in Concentrated Omega-3 and Ultimate Omega Complex™?

      here is 1.2 mg cholesterol per softgel in Concentrated Omega-3 and 2 mg per softgel in Ultimate Omega Complex™.

    • What is the best way to take the fish oil product to avoid heartburn?

      Take it after or with a meal. It may help to take digestive enzymes for proper fat digestion.

    • Does the Concentrated Omega-3 contain any citric acid?

      Even though this product does contain orange oil there is NO citric acid.

    • What does the term “cold pressed” mean?

      Cold presses are run on essential fatty acid seed oils with either no externally supplied heating or with some sort of cooling capability. Our raw material supplier uses this non-polluting method that avoids gasoline-like hexane residues. None of the presses our supplier uses are hooked up to an external heat source. Whatever temperature is generated comes from the simple mechanical act of squeezing oil out of the seed. During this process, the oil temperature runs in the 48°C to 52°C (118°F to 125°F) range. The oils are exposed to this temperature for one minute.

      Our raw material supplier guarantees that all of their products adhere to the Codex standard for edible oil safety established by the World Health Organization.

    • Is there any MSG in the gelatin cap?

      No MSG is added to any of our products, however MSG may occur naturally in products containing glutamine.

    • Has the oil in the Borage Oil 1000 mg been tested for pyrrolizidine alkaloids?

      Yes, and it has a content of less than 4 mcg/kg, which is the limit. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids naturally occur in borage seeds and may be toxic to the liver in chronic high doses..

    • Do the Flaxseed Oil Softgels need to be refrigerated?

      No, this product does not need to be refrigerated because it is sealed in an airtight softgel to keep its contents from spoiling.

    • Are the flax and borage used in your essential fatty acid products hexane free?

      Yes, the flax and borage are cold pressed using no chemicals or high temperatures.

    • Does the flax and borage used in your essential fatty acid products contain pesticides?

      The borage and flax are free of herbicides and pesticides.

    • Is the Borage Oil wild or hybrid? Is it cold pressed?

      Yes, it is derived from wild crafted seed but is currently hybrid. It is cold-pressed.

    • Can vitamin K1 react badly with EPA/DHA, especially in terms of blood clotting?

      Vitamin K1 is a blood clotting agent. EPA and DHA have been shown to thin the blood, so they act in opposition. From the Linus Pauling Institute website: “The US FDA has ruled that intakes up to 3 g/day of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for inclusion in the diet, and available evidence suggests that intakes less than 3 g/ day are unlikely to result in clinically significant bleeding. Although the Institute of Medicine did not establish a tolerable upper level of intake (UL) for omega-3 fatty acids, caution was advised with the use of supplemental EPA and DHA, especially in those who are at increased risk of excessive bleeding.”

    • Does ALA convert only to DHA or both DHA and EPA?

      ALA converts to both EPA and DHA, although human conversion of ALA to these omega-3s are slow. Diets high in linoleic acid (omega-6) can reduce the conversion of ALA by up to 40%, as can saturated fat, trans fat and a deficiency of vitamins C, B3, B6, zinc and magnesium.

       From the Linus Pauling Institute website: “Excess of dietary LA compared to ALA results in greater net formation of AA (20:4n-6) than EPA (20:5n-3). The capacity for conversion of ALA to DHA is higher in women than men. Studies of ALA metabolism indicate that approximately 8% of dietary ALA is converted to EPA and 0-4% is converted to DHA in healthy young men. In healthy young women, approximately 21% of dietary ALA is converted to EPA and 9% is converted to DHA. The better conversion efficiency of young women compared to men appears to be related to the effects of estrogen. Although ALA is considered the essential omega-3 fatty acid because it cannot be synthesized by humans, evidence that human conversion of EPA and, particularly, DHA is relatively inefficient suggests that EPA and DHA may also be essential under some conditions.

    • Can adults take Kids DHA?

      Absolutely! Our product provides a great source of healthy omega-3s for kids, teens, adults and older adults.

    • What is Friend of the Sea?

      It is a non-profit, NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), involved in conservation of resources; focuses on auditing traditional, artisanal and small scale fisheries. Their mission is to conserve the marine habitat. As the only program certifying fish feed and fish oil - omega-3 supplements (in addition to fisheries), they manage the certification of products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Their minimum criteria follows FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) guidelines. To learn more about Friend of the Sea, visit their website:






      LA (Linoleic Acid)


      vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, borage oil, evening primrose oil

      GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid)


      borage oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, oatmeal

      ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid)


      flax seed oil, black currant seed oil, canola oil, soybeans, spirulina and green leafy vegetables, squash, walnuts, strawberries

      EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)

      DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)


      fish liver oils such as salmon, tuna, cod, mackerel and herring

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