Starflower Oil vs Evening Primrose Oil

Starflower Oil vs Evening Primrose Oil

Both Starflower Oil and Evening Primrose Oil contain Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) – an Omega 6 fatty acid that is lacking in the average person’s diet.

In the body, GLA is converted into hormone like compounds called prostaglandins. These are found in every cell in the body where they help to regulate inflammation.

GLA Content

  • Evening Primrose Oil – 10%
  • Starflower Oil – 20%

There is little difference between the two, other than the GLA content. Starflower has the highest GLA concentration of any plant.

Benefits of GLA


Reduces symptoms of PMS such as cramps, irritability and mastalgia (breast pain)


Regulates hormone levels and reduces the frequency of hot flushes


Increases cervical mucous and promotes successful fertility and conception


Reduces hormonal acne and outbreaks due to clogged pores

Hair Loss

Helps to correct hormonal deficiencies that can trigger hair loss


Improves pain, swelling and morning stiffness for people with rheumatoid arthritis


Helps to prevent neuropathy (nerve damage) in those with diabetes

Skin Health

Corrects deficiencies in skin lipids to relieve eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis


Protects against a loss of bone density, particularly after menopause

Tips for Taking GLA Oil

  • Aim for at least 240mg of GLA per day
  • Take with food to aid absorption
  • Take in two divided daily doses
  • Take for 3-6 weeks to feel the full effects 
  • Do not cook with GLA oils as they will become ineffective