Bluebonnet Nutrition - Evening Primrose Oil 1300 mg. - 60 Softgels
Bluebonnet Nutrition Evening Primrose Oil contains 100% pure and rich GLA. Their oil is naturally squeezed from the evening primrose seed by a process known as cold pressing. No heat, solvents, or chemicals are used in the extration process. Evening Primrose Oil 1300 mg. contains fatty acids from omega-6 and omega-9. This supplement comes in easy-to-swallow softgels for maximum assimilation and absorption.
Evening Primrose Oil Features:
- 100% pure and rich GLA (135 mg.)
- Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids
- Easy-to-swallow softgels for maximum assimilation and absorption
- Contains non-GMO ingredients
- Gluten free
- Soy free
Omega Fatty Acids
The average American diet has a fat intake of just under 33% of total calories consumed. This value is well within the range that is considered healthy by the dietary recommended intake (DRI) committee. However, at least a quarter of the population consumes 35% or more of their total calories from fat - usually due to processed and fast foods that are high in saturated and trans fatty acids, often referred to as "bad" fat. Over time, foods that are rich in "bad" fat have been found to promote health risks.
That's because the types of fat that you eat can actually alter the fatty acid composition of cell membranes, which play vital roles in so many cellular functions. This is even true for the cell membranes of the heart; they think of the heart as very stable tissue, but it can be rapidly modified. Eating an abundance of bad fat weakens cell membrane structure, so the cells can't function at optimal levels. Conversely, a diet rich in "good" fats can strengthen cell membrane structure, supporting general health and well-being.
As a rule, "good" fats are the unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are the backbone of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and have been shown to help maintain heart, joint, brain, skin and menopausal health. Monounsaturated fatty acids include palmitoleic acid and oleic acid, which are abundant in olives, olive oil, nuts and avocados. Polyunsaturated fatty acids include linoleic acid (LA), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which can be found in fish, sardines and walnuts, as well as soybean, sunflower, fish, borage, evening primrose and flax seed oils.
Omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids are all unsaturated fats. And, research has shown that they must be consumed on a daily basis. However, few Western diets offer the proper omega-6:omega-3 ratio for optimal health, which is currently estimated at 4:1 or even 2:1. In fact, for most Americans, the ratio falls between 10:1 and 20:1.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Omega-6 fatty acids include linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which are naturally found in flax seed, evening primrose and borage oils. Both are precursors for prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that positively influence blood pressure, heart rate, inflammation and the immune response. In addition, LA supports the structure of the outer layer of skin, preventing excessive water loss. And, a diet enriched with LA - and low in saturated fats - has been shown to help maintain cholesterol levels already within the normal range. GLA also supports skin and menopausal health.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), another omega-6 fatty acid, is found primarily in dairy products and beef fat. CLA aids in weight management, with proper diet and exercise, by reducing the amount of fat that is broken down, deposited and stored in the body. Technically, it inhibits lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that breaks down dietary fats, so it can be stored in the adipocytes (fat cells).
Omega-9 Fatty Acids
Omega-9 fatty acids are not essential fatty acids; however, they are still important for good health. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid found in olives and olive oil and is a key element of the Mediterranean diet, which benefits the heart by promoting healthy lipid levels.
About Bluebonnet Nutrition
Nutrition to the Fifth Power
The landscape of nutrition is changing rapidly. However, Bluebonnet Nutrition is not simply changing with it. They are leading the way. Since the 1991 launch of their company in Sugar Land, Texas, they have carefully sowed the seeds of success by their unwavering pledge to the five powers of Bluebonnet Nutrition. Now, their quality products are flourishing, and they are budding with inspiration and innovation.
The five powers of Bluebonnet Nutrition are clear: Nature. Science. Quality. Truth. Knowledge - one for every petal of the Texas state flower from which they take their name. Just as each of Bluebonnet's five petals plays an essential role in the wildflower's growth, so do each of these five powers play a role in their ability to bring you the most pure, potent, high-quality, natural nutritional supplements available. Take a good look at the nutritional terrain. Then, do the math. You will see for yourself that Bluebonnet equals Nutrition to the Fifth Power.
A Family Affair
Bluebonnet Nutrition is a family-run, independent company similar to the independent natural product retailers they serve. The members of the Barrows family and the extended Bluebonnet family have been actively involved in the natural products industry for decades with the same business virtue of naturalness, purity, innovation, accessibility, integrity, loyalty and quality. They are driven by their close relationships with natural product retailers, who have knowledgeable staff to lead health-conscious consumers to those products that will specifically address their individual nutritional needs and health concerns. No other retail outlet can provide that level of service and expertise.
An Award-Winning Company
It was because of this commitment to the founding principals upon which the industry was founded that Bluebonnet Nutrition was awarded the first 'Manufacturer of the Year' by Vitamin Retailer in 2006. In fact, Vitamin Retailer Magazine sought input from leading natural product retailers asking them to identify companies in the industry that exemplified the following criteria: leadership, noteworthy/distinctive product line, innovative product development, high-quality manufacturing standards, strong relationship with retailers, community outreach, trade association involvement, reputation, company growth rate, and financial standing. This award acknowledges the strength in the partnership between Bluebonnet and the natural product retailers they serve with a loyalty to the industry that is unrivaled.
They've been honored once again by natural products retailers nationwide as one of the top two supplement lines to receive the coveted 2009 Natural Choice Award from Whole Foods Magazine. In addition, Bluebonnet was awarded the 2009 Best of Supplements Award from Better Nutrition under the heart health category for their CellularActive CoQ10 Ubiquinol products. This journey to the top has not been by accident but by design. As a company, they have carefully plotted a path that specifically meets the needs of this industry and their customers. And they are extraordinarily grateful for being acknowledged for that commitment, as well as their dedication to state-of-the-art manufacturing, the environment, ecological preservation, social responsibility, energy conservation, waste reduction and most importantly providing the industry with the highest quality, natural and pure, gluten-free, kosher supplements on the market.
An Unrivaled Quality Value
The fact that Bluebonnet has been recognized once again by their cherished retailers in light of all of the positive efforts happening on their end is reassuring and extraordinarily gratifying. If you are wondering how Bluebonnet has achieved the level of success over their short 18-year history, they believe there are a multitude of reasons. Whether it's selecting the best ingredients the Earth has to offer, or developing pure and unique, cutting-edge formulas based on science, or manufacturing and packaging to the highest eco-friendly and quality standards, or instituting "green" practices throughout their entire operations, or distributing to only natural food retailers, Bluebonnet Nutrition takes pride in every step of the process to guarantee that they deliver the most pure, potent, high-quality natural nutritional supplements available with as little impact on the environment as possible.
So as a consumer of Bluebonnet products, you can be assured that your choice is a wise one - one that packs the punch on natural quality and value. Your commitment to healthy living and intelligent nutritional choices has both short- and long-term health benefits. They are proud to be helping a generation of health-conscious consumers like you get even healthier, and they are grateful to you for making them an integral part of your daily healthcare regimen.
Everything Purple Starts Off Green
Environmental & Social Activism
Environmental protection and social responsibility are certainly buzzwords for the new millennium. But at Bluebonnet Nutrition, they have been part of their corporate culture since their company was founded in 1991. They believe they are citizens of the world. That companies - and individuals - must do what they can to preserve the Earth and its finite natural resources.
It's not enough to be environmentally and socially "responsible." They must become activists. At Bluebonnet, that includes enterprise-wide "green" initiatives and environmentally sound manufacturing practices. Their actions represent a new generation of people who support sustainability, reduced dependency on fossil fuels, and give back to the world at large. So at Bluebonnet, they "walk the talk" and have led the natural products industry on the green and social initiatives front by:
- Searching the globe for sustainably harvested and sourced ingredients
- Using alternate energy sources to reduce their carbon footprint
- Offering products free of pollutants and allergens whenever possible
- Implementing environmentally friendly practices
- Extending a helping hand to communities in need
The Power of Nature
The Best the Earth Can Offer
Their first commitment has always been to nature. Not only so they can identify nutrients that are good, pure and wholesome, but also so they can harness nature's power and benefit from its strength. They search the world for locations where climate, temperature and soil converge to grow the finest raw materials. And, they conduct frequent on-site inspections to ensure that Bluebonnet ingredients are the very best the Earth has to offer, so their selections are never based on price.
To preserve nature's freshness, they purchase raw materials in small quantities. And when ingredients enter their warehouse, they are quarantined and sent to their on-site quality assurance laboratory to undergo raw material identification and microbial testing. If a nutrient does not meet their stringent quality standards, it cannot be used in Bluebonnet supplements.
Unwavering Commitment to the Environment
Bluebonnet's dedication to nature does not end with ingredient selection. Theirs is an enterprise-wide effort that encompasses environmentally sound manufacturing/operational practices and green initiatives that support the philosophy of a whole new generation of health-conscious, "green" consumers who believe in sustainability, reducing their dependency on fossil fuel, and social responsibility, which involves giving back to their communities, country and world at large.
The Power of Science
Innovation is Only Natural
At Bluebonnet, nature is just the beginning. With the science of nutrition skyrocketing, they dare to seek a better way: by merging the best that nature and science have to offer. Their product development team - which has more than 100 years of collective experience in nutritional science - not only monitors research studies to ensure Bluebonnet supplements are safe and efficacious, they are committed to developing "cleaner," more effective formulas.
Take Bluebonnet's Early Promise Prenatal Gentle Multiple Caplets. This scientifically advanced formula provides at least 100% of the essential vitamins - and nearly 100% of the essential macro- and microminerals - pregnant and nursing women need. Yet the nutrient sources have been carefully selected to be exceptionally gentle on their sensitive systems. Bluebonnet has also been the first to launch some of the industry's most innovative ingredients, including ubiquinol, grape seed extract, vegetarian SOD (GliSODin) and nucleotides. But for them, it's not about always being first; it's about being the best. At Bluebonnet Nutrition, that comes naturally.
The Laboratory of Life
The research lab is not the only place where innovation occurs. Not a week goes by that they are not out in the field, talking to Bluebonnet customers and retailers, so they can better understand their needs. You are their link with the real world and a fertile source of innovative ideas. Not merely for new products, but also for initiatives that help them learn and grow. At Bluebonnet, this is as important as the most recent scientific study. Because extraordinary products cannot flourish unless they are rooted in reality.
The Power of Quality
Setting New Standards
Quality may be the most overused word in the world today. Nonetheless, for nutritional supplements, what could be more important? That is why they built their own 100,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art kosher manufacturing and distribution facility with earth-friendly systems that are setting new standards for quality assurance. They have also invested in the arduous process of kosher certifying their products. Keeping kosher has become synonymous with eating foods that have been manufactured at a higher standard. That means every Bluebonnet product bearing the KOF-K emblem has been carefully supervised with each ingredient tracked to its origin and strict rules imposed on hygienic processes.
In addition to applying kosher quality standards to their operation, their cGMP manufacturing process meets the rigorous model established by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and U.S. Pharmacopoeia. By the time a Bluebonnet supplement appears on a store shelf, it has been subjected to stringent examinations for potency, purity, uniformity, hardness, disintegration and dissolution. And not just by in-house quality control technicians, but by respected independent laboratories. That is quality that will last even after you have opened the bottle.
And speaking of bottles, they look old-fashioned, and they are. However, nothing better preserves nutrient integrity and potency than amber glass bottles. Unlike plastic, these traditional containers block out heat, light and moisture that can degrade the integrity of the nutritional supplement. Equally important, they are recyclable too.
The Power of Truth
Just the Facts
There are so few absolute truths in the world today - except when it comes to nutritional supplements. Nutrients are either in the supplement or they are not. At Bluebonnet Nutrition, they make sure they are. Not only do they manufacture 85% of their products in-house, they employ a unique practice called "content uniformity" to ensure a consistent nutrient blend from batch-to-batch. This attention to detail is part of Bluebonnet's commitment to the natural products industry, as well as their own principles.
Before a Bluebonnet supplement arrives at a natural food store, it is analyzed and evaluated by lab technicians. Through ICP-MS, HPLC assay and a variety of other tests, Bluebonnet documents with 100% accuracy that what is on the label is in the bottle. They even perform accelerated stability tests to ensure that potency levels will be maintained through the expiration date. Bottom line, on Bluebonnet labels, what you read is always what you get.