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Evening Primrose Oil 1300 Review – 8 Things You Need to Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Synopsis | Ingredients | Pros & Cons | Precautions | Cost | Suggested Use | Bottom Line

Evening Primrose Oil 1300 features an extract of the Evening Primrose plant, one of the richest sources of the Omega-6 Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA). The formula offered by Health From The Sun is claimed to support women’s hormonal balance and health needs.

While no other benefit claim is made by the manufacturer, the extensive information available on Primrose oil and Gamma Linoleic Acid indicates numerous other potential benefits for the formulation. These benefits include support for skin conditions and lesions, joint inflammation, relief from depression symptoms, chronic fatigue and high cholesterol prevention. Adults, especially women, can benefit from Evening Primrose Oil 1300.

Health from the Sun is located in Massachusetts, United States and was set up in 1976. The company offers a wide range of Omega essential fatty acids formulations and phytonutrients and claims to be a leader on its market.


1) Evening Primrose Oil 1300 at a Glance

Evening Primrose Oil 1300 contains a primrose oil extract which features GLA, Oleic Acid and Linoleic Acid as core compounds.

Most Omega-6 fatty acids available in diet come in the form of Linoleic Acid, which is then converted in the body into Gamma Linoleic Acid. Bothe these acids can be obtained from vegetable sources, such as borage oil, or primrose oil. There is extensive research investigating the potential benefits of GLA in the body. Evidence indicates that it may benefit conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, allergies, breast cancer, skin conditions (eczema, acne, etc), high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, PMS, menopausal symptoms and others. The fatty acid is also investigated for potential neurological function benefits. Scientists believe GLA works to support Serotonin synthesis, and may hence be beneficial against depression, ADHD and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Oleic acid (OA) is an Omega-9 fatty acid. It can be found in nuts, grains, eggs, dairy, and various meats. Oleic Acid is claimed to be beneficial for the immune and the circulatory system, to reduce inflammation in the joints, to prevent/treat asthma, and to promote weight loss among others. Oleic Acid is essential to normal cell function, where it preserves cell membrane integrity. Additionally, there is preliminary evidence which indicates it may enhance memory and participate in the metabolism of neurotransmitters GABA and Dopamine.


2) Evening Primrose Oil 1300 Ingredients

Evening Primrose Oil 1300 includes the following ingredients: Certified organic evening primrose seed oil, gelatin, glycerin and water.

3) What Does Evening Primrose Oil 1300 Do?

Evening Primrose Oil 1300 contains Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. Gamma Linoleic Acid or GLA is found exclusively in plants. Primrose oil is the richest known source of GLA, which is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This is why most recommendations of Primrose oil go out to people suffering from skin inflammatory diseases (eczema, acne, itching, lesions, etc), premenstrual cramps, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and hot flashes during menopause. One of GLA’s other essential benefits include preventing of bad cholesterol, some forms of cancer and alleviation of diabetic neuropathy. Due to its broad spectrum of benefits, the fatty acid has received much attention from researchers all over the world.

Recent evidence seems to indicate it influences levels of the neurotransmitter Serotonin, which plays an essential role mood and well being regulation, relaxation and promoting healthy sleep patterns.
This is how GLA’s benefits in depression preventing and recovery treatments are explained. Advanced levels of depression are associated to Serotonin depletion. Also, there is evidence that children with ADHD have lower levels of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, making their optimum supply essential to normal brain and behavior functions. Side effects are rare, especially for doses under 2 mg daily. Consumer reviews are limited in number, hence not relevant to drawing a conclusion toward the formula’s Effectiveness.

The recommended dose is one soft gel per day. No side effects or precautions are mentioned.

Pros & Cons

4) Evening Primrose Oil 1300: Pros and Cons

  • Certified Organic source of primrose oil
  • Each capsule provides 130 mg of GLA (roughly 20% of the commonly recommended daily dosage)
  • Affordable price (roughly $22 for a 2-month supply)


5) Precautions of Evening Primrose Oil 1300 Use

  • The limited number of consumer reviews regarding the formula
  • The manufacturer offers little information on the product, including its ingredient list


6) Evening Primrose Oil 1300 Cost

The formula comes in the form of bottles of 60 soft-gels. A bottle costs approximately $22 and lasts for two months, which makes the monthly purchase price very affordable. Health From The Sun does not sell directly to consumers. However, the formula is available with some online retailers and local stores. The manufacturer does not disclose the full list of its retailers; however this information can be obtained by calling a number provided on the official website.

Suggested Use

7) Suggested Use

Product testimonials and reviews are limited in number. The manufacturer recommends taking 1 soft-gel per day. GLA may cause gastro-intestinal problems in exceptional cases.

Bottom Line

8) Our Bottom Line

Primrose oil is the richest source of GLA available. Evening Primrose Oil 1300 claims to use an organically certified source, although no further details are mentioned. GLA has been shown by various research studies, although most evidence is preliminary, to have a positive effect on a number of inflammatory conditions, as well as on neurological and behavioral ailments (depression, ADHD, etc). This formula in particular received a small number of consumer reviews, although primrose oil extract are highly popular products. This makes us unable to draw a conclusion towards the product’s effectiveness.

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