Botanical name: Oenothera Biennis Habitat: North America
Plant parts used: all mainly roots Active ingredients and nutrients: polyunsaturated ac. and γ-linolenic acid in the oil that pure can reach a percentage of 40/45%
Therapeutic properties: Omega 6 are polyunsaturated fatty acids, essential for our diet, because the body cannot synthesize them by itself. The main Omega 6 is γ-linolenic acid, which is converted by our body into PROSTAGLANDINS. These substances fluidize the blood, reduce CHOLESTEROL and increase the body’s defenses in a non-specific way. They also have ANTI-ALLERGIC and ANTIPRURITIC action for skin problems such as dryness or dermatitis. Over age of 40, the body reduces the production of prostaglandins, which causes problems related to the lack of these substances. We recommend the integration of Omega 6 into your diet, so as to rebalance the production of prostaglandins. Omega 6 are also used to help with joint problems and osteoporosis as they increase bone density, favouring the assimilation of calcium and the deposit of this element in bone tissue. A study by Arthritis Research has shown that the intake of Oenothera oil in a person suffering from rheumatoid arthritis favours the improvement of symptoms, such as pain and morning stiffnes. The use of Omega 6 is also recommended for female problems, like menstrual pain and polycystic ovary syndrome; during pregnancy they are recommended to help tone the uterus, so as to support the mother in childbirth. During pregnancy, it is advised to integrate these fatty acids into the diet as their derivatives are used for the formation of nerve cells and the nervous system of the growing fetus.