Evening Primrose Oil: How It’s Used by People with HIV

Evening primrose oil is derived from a plant native to North America. It’s rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is normally produced in the body through the breakdown of omega-6 fatty acids, a process that may be disrupted in people with HIV. Thus supplementing with evening primrose oil can add available GLA to the body, which can help maintain many important functions.

Our friends at the Canadian AIDS Information Exchange (CATIE) have prepared a good information sheet detailing the purposes for which people with HIV use evening primrose oil:

Evening Primrose Oil

This CATIE Supplement Sheet includes information on using evening primrose oil to:

–help heal nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

–treat skin conditions associated with anti-HIV drugs

–cope with premenstrual syndrome

–reduce cholesterol levels

For more information on this supplement, see also the NYBC entries:

Evening Primrose Oil – Super

Evening Primrose Oil + Gamma Tocopherol

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