Herbs for Diabetes: Evening Primrose Oil
Gamma-linolenic acid (Evening Primrose Oil) has been shown to improve nerves that have been damaged from diabetes. Its natural sources are evening primrose oil and borage oil. Testing of both alpha-lipoic acid and gamma-linolenic acid in combination for diabetes treatment has been coduced in recent years.
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen found promise for future studies
of gamma-linolenic acid and alpha-lipoic acid in humans. The April 1998
Diabetologia, revealed the effects of alpha-lipoic acid, gamma-
linolenic acid and other essential fatty acid ingestion on the nerve
function of diabetic rats. The conclusion was that the combination improved
the rats’ nerve function and is “worthy of consideration for clinical
A few months later, another study confirmed this evidence. The July
Diabetologia told of a British study, also of alpha-lipoic acid and gamma-
linolenic acid on diabetic rats. The final word was the combination “is
effective in improving both electrophysiological and neurochemical” aspects
of experimental neuropathy.
Natural Health recommends 200 to 500 milligrams per day of gamma-linolenic
acid for people with diabetes.