Writing in the October issue of Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 59(10):722-730, the researchers found evidence that supplementation with omega-3fatty acids might help to prevent preeclampsia, postpartum depression,menopausal problems, postmenopausal osteoporosis and breast cancer, among others.
"Furthermore, because elevated triglyceride levels are associated with cardiovascular disease, especially in women; and because omega-3 fatty acids have powerful effects on triglycerides, women in particular gain from an increased intake of these fatty acids. This is especially important in women receiving hormone therapy, which can increase triglyceride levels," note the researchers.
They also add that the quality of the omega-3 preparation is important.
The journal, aimed at health professionals, will help further raise awareness of the benefits of the fatty acids.
"We have been studying the benefits of omega-3s for women for years. Studies like these further support our efforts to educate consumers, especially women, about the ongoing benefits of omega-3s," said Morten Bryhn, director of research and development for Pronova Biocare, one of the biggest makers of omega-3 fish-oils.