15 Dec

For all kinds of acne and skin problems the use of oil of evening primrose is beneficial, and I will talk about this product in more detail later. Adele Davies, who was one of America’s leading nutritionists, hit the nail on the head when she stated that essential fatty acids were very necessary. What Adele Davies did not know was that my great-grandmother had already realised the vital force present in evening primrose. I might be accused of repeating myself, because in most of my books I have sung the praises of evening primrose, but this is because I know its value for keeping certain problems under control, both inside the body and externally. Why is evening primrose so necessary in treating cases of acne vulgaris? Evening primrose has been considered a healing herb for many centuries, and the native American Indians have used it for medicinal purposes for at least five hundred years. When I started prescribing it, almost twenty-five years ago in Scotland, it was thought to be an entirely new product and regarded with suspicion, until a medical research group began to show great interest in one of my patients, because she was recovering so quickly.
It is only recently that evening primrose oil has gained recognition as a valuable nutrient source. As I explained in Chapter Two, it is high in gammalinolenic acid (GLA), the precursor for prostaglandins which controls many biological functions. GLA production in humans can be affected by many factors, including saturated fats, sugars and alcohol. This explains why evening primrose oil is so important as a dietary supplement. I often ask teenagers suffering from acne vulgaris why they insist on eating sugar and chocolate, as the answer to their problems often lies in their diet. Certain foods must be considered off limits, and in the majority of cases it would help if the patient refrained from eating dairy products, nuts, chocolate, pork and related products, bananas, tomatoes, onions and citrus fruits. It may look a long list, but it will be worth their while to avoid these foods. In some persistent cases I may also ask if an acne patient is prepared to cut out wheat from the diet for a period of time. Wheat mostly aggravates an acne condition and many happy teenagers as well as adults, who were prepared to follow this advice, today no longer suffer from this problem.

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