Perimenopause Information

Supporting women going through all stages
of perimenopause and onwards.

Star Flower and Evening Primrose Oils

Both starflower oiland evening primrose oil are rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid that the body converts into substances with anti-inflammatory properties. They are often suggested as supplements to help alleviate symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause.

Perimenopause is the transitional phase before menopause when hormone levels fluctuate, leading to various symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and irregular periods. Evening primrose oil and starflower oil are believed to help manage some of these symptoms due to their potential hormonal balancing effects.

Here’s how they may help with perimenopausal symptoms:

  1. Regulating Hormones: GLA found in both oils may help support hormone balance by aiding in the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that play a role in various bodily functions, including hormone regulation.

  2. Alleviating Menopausal Symptoms: Some women find relief from symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings by taking evening primrose oil or starflower oil. However, research results are mixed, and not all women may experience the same benefits.

  3. Skin Health: GLA is also believed to support skin health by promoting hydration and elasticity. Some women may experience dry skin during perimenopause and menopause, and these oils might help alleviate such symptoms.

It’s essential to note that scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of evening primrose oil and starflower oil for perimenopausal symptoms is somewhat limited and mixed. While some studies suggest potential benefits, others have found no significant effects.

As with any supplement, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before starting evening primrose oil or starflower oil, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications. They can help you determine the appropriate dosage and whether these supplements are suitable for your individual needs. Additionally, focusing on overall lifestyle factors such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management can also help support hormone balance and alleviate perimenopausal symptoms.

STAR FLOWER OIL (Borage  Oil)Starflower Plant

Starflower oil, extracted from the seeds of the starflower plant, is renowned for its high content of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid. GLA is converted by the body into compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is often used as a dietary supplement to promote skin health, hormonal balance, and overall well-being. It may help alleviate symptoms of conditions like eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

The only difference  between the two types of oil is that Starflower (borage) Oil contains about twice as much GLA as Evening Primrose Oil – in fact starflower is the highest known plant-based source of GLA. As the concentration of GLA in capsules is higher it means that fewer capsules are needed to provide the minimum level of 240mg GLA

Evening Primrose FlowerEVENING PRIMROSE OIL 

This plant is found mainly in North and South America and has been used medicinally by the American Natives for centuries.  During the 17th century Europeans started to favour this plant and it became known as ‘King’s Cure All’.
The main properties are linoleic acid & gamma-linoleic acid which are both the important Omega-6 essential fatty acids. 
Evening primrose oil helps  with mood swings, hot flushes and stiffness associated with Arthritis.
NB – I’ve taken these daily capsules for years and really do feel the benefit (I know, within a few days, if I’ve forgotten) it is helpful in many different health areas.