Women are champions in multitasking, busy sorting out home and office. With their tight schedules they often neglect health, making them prone to disease and deficiencies. Omega-3 fish oil can make a difference in the health of women. It develops and strengthens basic body functions and can prevent age-related diseases in women. However, fatty acids are not produced in the body. They have to be obtained through diet.
Osteoporosis is a disease sometimes called "brittle bones." It causes damage to the bones leading to fractures, disfiguration and disability in women. You can take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis; however, the body does not absorb excess calcium, resulting in its accumulation in the kidneys and heart. According to researchers at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, "omega-3 fatty acids may improve the blood levels of calcium and help to correct a deficient calcium effect in the bone" (see barleans.com).
Omega-3 fatty acids are said to contain properties that reduce internal inflammation in the body. According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids decrease cardiac arrhythmias, reduce risk of sudden heart attack and lower blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on research with more than 84,000 women, revealed that women who consumed fish five or more times in a week had a 34 percent lower risk of developing coronary disease than women who consumed fish only once a month.
Breast cancer is one of the major causes of cancer in women and is the most common cause of death in women. Research conducted by Indiana University found that omega-3 fish oil, combined with the drug Propofol, prevented breast cancer cells from developing into malignant tumors (see sciencedaily.com).
The essential omega-3 fatty acids help to alleviate pain, depression, uterine cramps and pain just before the start of menstruation. One of the main causes of PMS appears to be excess production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids. Fish oil contains high quantities of EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid, which helps the body produce anti-inflammatory eicosanoids, providing relief.
Omega-3 fish oil helps to energize and hydrate cells of the body, adding shine, gloss and health to skin and hair. It also protects the skin against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Consumption of fish oil also acts as a stimulant for hair growth.
According to Dr. Barry Sears, President of Zone Labs, "One of the important factors for infertility appears to be an imbalance of eicosanoids. This imbalance can be treated with the increased consumption of fish oil." Omega-3 fish oil reduces hormonal imbalances in the body and also helps to regulate proper blood flow to the uterus.
Dr Sears also suggests that "Epidemiological studies of pregnant women who consume large amounts of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, like EPA and DHA found in fish oil, tend to carry their babies for a longer period of time. They also have a correspondingly lower rate of premature births, which can cause physical and neurological problems such as learning disabilities."
Omega-3 fish oil helps proper growth of babies. Ian Flesichman, Medical Director for the March of Dimes, suggests that pregnant women should consume 200 mg of DHA per day, since it will help to build up fetal brain and eyes. Moreover, it facilitates the food exchange between the mother and baby and regulates healthy placental blood flow. DHA is in abundance in omega-3 fish oil.
During pregnancy, one of the risks the mother faces is high blood pressure, known as preeclampsia, which endangers the life of both the mother and the child. Omega-3 fish oil stabilizes blood pressure and helps to maintain it at a healthy level.
During menopause, the ovaries stop working, leading to less production of estrogen and overall hormonal imbalance, giving rise to uncomfortable and painful symptoms such as hot flashes and mood changes. The hormonal imbalance is attributed to the changing levels of eicosanoids. As the estrogen levels decrease, this tends to increase the production of insulin. The overproduction of insulin enhances the production of arachidonic acid, which stimulates harmful eicosanoids, the primary reason for hot flashes. Omega-3 fish oil reduces the production of arachidonic acid and thus inhibits excess eicosanoids in the body, helping a woman during menopause.
Omega-3 fish oil helps to tackle depression in women arising out of menopause or during postpartum. A study conducted by the American Journal of Nutrition suggested that a daily dose of 1,500 mg of fish oil will help premenopausal women with depression and anxiety (see empowher.com).