The life of a woman is a busy one. There are many demands on our energy levels and bodies. Supporting our bodies so they are strong enough to help us meet our challenges doesn’t need to be difficult. Omega-3 fatty acids have a host of benefits for everyone and today we’re going to examine the particular benefits for women.
Omega-3: The Wonders of EPA and DHA
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in assisting our bodies in reducing triglycerides, heart rate, blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries.
In December of 2004, the Alternative Medicine Review published a study testing the effectiveness of krill oil compared to fish oil. In participants receiving between 1 g and 3grams daily based on body mass of the participants, krill oil was proven to be more effective than fish oil in managing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Krill oil is more effectively used by the body than omega-3s from flaxseed oils because it contains long-chain EPA and DHA, while flaxseed contains shorter-chain molecules.
Well those are fancy terms, but what does it do?
Relief from Menstrual symptoms:
By reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure, Krill Oil helps soothe back and joint aches in addition to menstrual cramping. Krill Oil can also elevate your mood and reduce mood swings. DHA phospholipids increase serotonin receptors which are vital for mood stabilization and regulating sleep cycles.
A University of Guelph study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry showed that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids inhibited by 30%, the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice. The tumors were also demonstrated to be 30% smaller. Professor of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and one of the study’s authors, David Ma said “It’s a significant finding.”
Preeclampsia is dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy. Omega-3 fatty acids help lower and maintain blood pressure in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.
The hormone shifts that occur with menopause are not an illness or disease in need of medical treatment. It is a normal event in the life of a woman. Preventative measures can be taken to reduce any negative symptoms that occur as part of this change. Many women report irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and mood changes. A diet rich in calcium, vitamin D and omega-3′s will keep your bones strong and reduce bad cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease.
A Healthy Heart at Every Age:
As women age, their risk of heart disease increases. The 16-year long Nurses’ Health Study of 84,688 female nurses aged 34-59 showed clearly that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a lowered risk of Coronary Heart Disease and in particular, deaths caused by Coronary Heart Disease. With regular consumption of Krill Oil, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and eating less red meat – a healthy heart is attainable!
Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency increases constitutive pro-inflammatory cytokine production in rats: relationship with central serotonin turnover.