Evening Primrose Oil for Men

September 4th, 2011


Evening primrose, Oenothera biennis, is a popular ornamental plant found across the North America that grows approximately 4 to 5 meters tall. The soft and hairy stem stands straight and has a reddish color. One can easily recognize an evening primrose because its stigma has four branches that form a cross shape, and it gives off a strong and delicious sweet scent. 

It is called evening primrose because its beautiful yellow flowers bloom in the evening and withers at sunlight. It is also known as sun drop, night willow herb, scabish, scurvish, king’s cureall, tree primrose, fever plant, among others. 

The entire evening primrose plant is edible. The leaves can be frozen or cooked and eaten like any green leafy vegetable, whereas the tasty young seedpods can be steamed. Its flowers can be added in salads or used as a garnish and the whole plant can be dried and used as an herb. 

Many Native American tribes used to cultivate evening primrose as a staple food. Its edible roots are nutritious and sweet like potatoes, when boiled. Nowadays, evening primrose is planted and grown because the oil obtained from the seeds of evening primrose contains essential fatty acids that are used to cure various illnesses, such as arthritis, depression, alcoholism, obesity, infertility, and heart disease, to regulate blood pressure, clotting, inflammation, and production of hormones. 

Benefits of Evening Primrose Oil 

Evening primrose oil is rich in gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that helps control the body, provide energy, maintain body temperature, and fight inflammation. The GLA found in evening primrose oil promotes normal blood flow, helps lower blood cholesterol, restores the central nervous system, and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

High in vitamin E, evening primrose oil is used to treat skin diseases like eczema, acne, and rosacea. The oil from the seeds of evening primrose also aids in the cure of numbness, rheumatoid arthritis, and nerve impairments due to diabetes. 

A study also revealed that taking evening primrose oil can help relieve certain symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome (RS) as it decreases the number of attacks during the cold weather. 

How Can Men Benefit From Evening Primrose Oil? 

Evening primrose oil is also used in treating male impotence, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation. The vitamin E and B6 in evening primrose oil are good supplements to increase sperm count. Furthermore, its essential fatty acids can stimulate the production of sexual hormones. 

Male impotence is commonly due to insufficient blood circulation in the penis and studies showed that evening primrose oil increases blood flow and circulation to the penis, especially when taken with gingko biloba. 

Men over 65 years old have higher risk of erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil are prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction, but they are found to have serious side effects in a number of men patients. Evening primrose oil is recommended for men with erectile dysfunction because it has omega-6 essential fatty acids that help improve blood flow. 

Additionally, the omega-6 essential fatty acids found in evening primrose oil assist the body in producing prostaglandins, an essential substance for prostate. Therefore, eating more nuts and seeds, such as evening primrose oil, flaxseed or hem seeds, help avoid problems that affect the prostate 


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