Omega-3 fatty acids might help to prevent preeclampsia, postpartum
depression, menopausal problems, postmenopausal osteoporosis and
breast cancer, among other benefits.
Omega-3: Across the Board
If there is one supplement all women should take, it's omega-3
fatty acids. [Have you had YOUR cod-liver oil today? Or your wild
fatty fish?] Women in particular gain from an increased intake
of these fatty acids.
High triglyceride levels (which are associated with cardiovascular
disease, especially in women) may be kept under control with omega-3s.
The five million women in this country who are still on hormone
replacement therapy should know that HRT increases triglyceride
levels, so it is especially important for these women to use omega-3
supplementation. [Some women who were on HRT in the past may still
have high triglyceride levels.]
Omega-3 fatty acids are constituents of the membranes of all
cells in your body, and are precursors of hormones.
Omega-3s can facilitate pregnancy in women with infertility problems
by increasing uterine blood flow. Supplementation during pregnancy
lowers the risk of premature birth and can increase the length
of pregnancy and birth weight by altering the balance of certain
nutrients involved in labor and promote fetal growth by improving
placental blood flow. Intake during pregnancy and breast feeding
may even facilitate the child's brain development.
Be sure your supply comes from a reliable source. It's easy for
oils to become rancid quickly.
Source: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 2994;59(10):722-730.
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