I have recently given birth to my first (and only!) child. I was fully prepared for the changes to my life, or so I thought. I have taken to motherhood pretty well I think. What I haven't taken to quite so well is the emotional roller coaster that I have been on since. I am not a particularly teary or emotional person, but since the birth, I have shed more than the odd tear, especially at 'that time of month'.
Someone suggested trying evening primrose oil to me as it contains a natural acid that is supposed to balance your hormones. Sounded perfect i thought. So I got some of these capsules from Asda. They cost me less than a pound for a tub of thirty capsules, which I thought was pretty good value for money. When comparing with other supermarket's own versions, the price is about average. When comparing with health food shops like Holland and Barrett, this is a brilliantly cheap price.
The capsules are around a centimetre in length and the typical oval shape of capsules. They are filled with an amber coloured liquid. They are easy to swallow and they don't taste of anything at all that I can discern, so no unpleasant taste as you are swallowing them.
As for whether or not they work. I'm not sure to be honest. I don't know whether it is a psychological thing in that I didn't believe they would work or what, but I didn't really feel like they made much difference. Having said that, my mood has steadily improved over the few weeks that I used them, so maybe I'm not giving them enough credit. I didn't bother buying another packet though and I can't say I have noticed a decline in my mood since I stopped.
One of my aims this year is to be more organised with my time, and also concentrate on areas that require some change/improvements. One of those areas is in regards to general health and well being, for myself and for my family. One of the things Ive realised is when making changes I cant do everything all at once. To fit in with my lifestyle and the time given, its best for me to make small changes that require minimal effect ( at least at the beginning stage ) because if I tried to give my life a complete overhaul, I would fail miserably! I bought these from a local Asda store at a cost of £1.00 for 30 capsules.
Why did I buy them?
My health overall isn't bad. I cant complain because there are people out there who really do have problems in this area. For me, it's a case of wanting my body to perform better and more efficiently. A good and easy way to help that process along is taking additional minerals and vitamins, especially good when like me you know that your diet isn't giving you everything that you need ( theres been many days Ive realised I haven't had certain meals like breakfast and lunch due to being too busy! ).
For the price, I know if I searched around I could probably get something similar with more capsules and would work out cheaper if you do the correct calculations, but I didn't want to spend more than £1.00 or get more capsules, as I wanted to try this out first before investing more money.
What does Evening Primrose supposed to do?
Evening Primrose Oil naturally contains fatty acids, which help the maintenance and repair functions of the body. Its also been documented that one of the things this product is said to help is in regards to easing symptoms associated with womens periods and menopause. May also help those who suffer from Eczema, Psoriasis and joint problems.
Also found in so many skincare/bodycare to help with improving the condition of sagging, dry and tough skin, skin discolourations and fine lines and wrinkles.
Many other potential things this product can help with.
How is it packaged?
It comes in a plastic small tub, mostly white in colour. Quite chunky in look and feel. Not quite rectangular but similar in shape. To open you have to squeeze the ends and turn anti clockwise.
On the front of the tube you can see the ' Asda ' logo at the top, with the actual product name underneath, ' Evening Primrose Oil '. It mentions these are a source of Vitamin E. In the bottom right hand corner it tells you how many capsules there are and you should take them once a day, one a day.
On the side it tells you the dosage amount, general warnings and ingredients.
On the back it mentions what the product is, what it does and how much Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil is included.
Evening Primrose Oil, Beef Gelatin, Humectant (Glycerol), Dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate]
Vitamin E 10mg α-TE 83% RDA
Evening Primrose Oil 500mg
How to take
For adults and children over the age of 12, take one a day with food.
What do I think?
Firstly, I like the packaging. Its sturdy, well made and not easy for children to get into so not cheap at all.
The capsule size isn't too big, roughly 1.5cm long. Its easy to take and swallow due to the size and the shape. I hate taking tablets, but these are no problems for me as they go down quickly and smoothly. Theres no funny taste or smell.
In regards to seeing any health benefits, theres afew things I have to take on board. You have to be consistent in taking anything like this. It cant be every few days or when you can be bothered, it should be every day and I haven't always done that. So if there are going to be any positive effects I would need to be a lot more disciplined as occasionally I just simply forget to take them!
Its always hard to judge if something works when it's a supplement/vitamin, unless the effect is so strong you cant help but notice it, AND it's the only change you have made in regards to lifestyle. When looking into the potential benefits with this product, I was even more interested in its potential help of Psoriasis, as I am a sufferer. I haven't noticed any changes, in fact its being playing up alittle. Nothing to do with this product just one of those things. Any other benefits Ive noticed? Not really. Well-maybe one thing, but this could also be to do with taking Vitamin C effervescent tablets. My immune system is quite good right now. I haven't had any cold symptoms for awhile now despite being very run down and not taking the best care of myself. Does this product have anything to do with it? Maybe.
Would I buy these again? Yes I would. I would make sure I took these religiously on a daily basis as suggested on the packaging. I would also take them for longer than 30 days, as I think my body needs a longer time period to show any significant changes. Also, I think if there are going to be any changes, the most important ones are going to be internal, and those would hit me first, then they would surface on a physical form. They're not making me feel worse, which is a good thing, and can only do me good despite not experiencing changes that make me feel like the love child of Supergran and Hercules!
I give this product the score I have because of cost, availability, potential positive benefits, ease of taking and no negative effects. Although I haven't seen any major change, I will give this product more time and more diligence.
I will always keep in my mind that something like this is no major wand for curing problems but can be a good additional help if needed.
Purchase, try and see what happens.