Evening primrose oil is one of the most popular natural remedy for treating PMS. Extracted from the seeds of the yellow flower, Oenothera biennis, evening primrose oil is rich source of omega 6 fatty acids specifically gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid.
Evening primrose oil’s benefits for PMS are thought to be due to the fact that GLA may be converted into prostaglandins which are hormone-like compounds that may help achieve hormonal balance and are also known to calm inflammation in the body. These two properties explain why evening primrose oil is often recommended for bringing relief for the symptoms of PMS which include mood swings, breast tenderness, menstrual cramps, tension and acne.
Evening primrose oil capsules are available usually in 1000mg and the recommended dosage of evening primrose oil for PMS is usually between 1000mg to 3000mg daily dependent upon the severity of the symptoms. Generally, taking evening primrose oil does not display any side effects however do not take evening primrose oil if you have epilepsy or any other seizure disorder.