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Cathy Wong, ND

Gamma Linolenic Acid for Eczema Relief

By February 15, 2013

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Many people rely on natural remedies in treatment of eczema, a skin condition that affects more than 30 million Americans. One popular natural remedy for eczema is gamma linolenic acid, a type of fatty acid found in evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, and black currant oil. Research shows that gamma linolenic acid can help curb chronic inflammation, a problem closely linked to eczema flare-ups.

While research on the use of gamma linolenic acid supplements in treatment of eczema is fairly limited, some studies suggest that evening primrose oil may help relieve the itching, crusting, redness, and swelling associated with eczema. In addition to providing gamma linolenic acid, evening primrose oil contains vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin thought to aid in eczema treatment).

If you're seeking a natural remedy for eczema, there's some evidence that probiotic supplements and creams containing herbs like chamomile and licorice may help ease eczema symptoms. Read the full article: Gamma-Linolenic Acid - What You Need to Know.

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