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The Efamol Story

The Efamol Story

Thursday, September 9th 2004

Essential fatty acids were discovered in the late 1920s and have since been the subject of significant research by scientists seeking to understand their impact on human health. A group of researchers, including David Horrobin indicated that gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) derived from the seed of the Evening Primrose plant could be beneficially linked to the quality of human health and nutrition. He went on to show that Evening Primrose oil was the best and most effective source of GLA.

In 1977, Dr Horrobin and Sherri Clarkson founded Efamol Ltd to further pursue research into the role of fatty acid molecules in the human metabolism. EFAMOL has been a leader in scientifically proven essential fatty acids health supplements for over 25 years. The name EFAMOL is derived from the term Essential Fatty Acid MOLecule.

About Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

Like minerals and certain vitamins, essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body and therefore must be included in the diet. There are only two fatty acids that are essential in the diet - linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.

Linoleic acid (LA) is head of the omega-6 family, commonly found in vegetable oils and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is head of the omega-3 family, predominantly from animal origin, particularly fish oils, red meat and eggs.

When we consume essential fatty acids our bodies go through a complex series of steps to convert them to an essential form which can be used by the body. Essential fatty acids are converted in the body by enzymes to Long Chain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs). A large proportion of the brain is made up of LCPs, which also forms part of the membrane around and within every cell in the body.

Many years of research have pointed to Evening Primrose oil as the most reliable source of GLA. This is partly due to its very simple structure which allows for a greater absorption of GLA without interference from other fats.

About the Efamol products

All Efamol products use the patented Rigel Evening Primrose oil, which contains 33% more Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) than most other Evening Primrose oils. Rigel is a variety of Evening Primrose Oil that Efamol has developed naturally to maximise the GLA content of Evening Primrose seeds. The precious plant oils are then gently extracted, ensuring they are not damaged and are retained in the same natural state as they occur in the seed. This produces a rich, golden oil of exceptional quality, which provides GLA in the form most effectively absorbed and utilise by the body.

Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all Efamol products:

Efalex Young Minds Brain Formula
Efalex Oil 500ml
Efamarine 75 caps
Efamarine 200 caps
Efamol Evening Primrose Oil 75 caps
Efamol Evening Primrose Oil 200 caps
Mother & Baby 120 caps

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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