Monday, May 11, 2009

Omega 3 Women

Omega 3 Essential for Women

As girls, women, mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers we tend to forget to look at ourselves and treat ourselves well, properly well.

Some of us treat ourselves with Spa’s, massages, facelifts, botox, manicure and pedicures. Most of us have some sort of daily beauty regime of, face and body, hair, clothes; exercise whether it be walking the dog or going to your local gym, taking the stairs instead of the lift, too not bothering at all. We are all conscious of what we eat, whether we are on a diet, watching our weight, just eating as part of our daily routine. Some of us take vitamins to enhance our diets, the majority of us don’t.

The time has come for those of us that don’t have a high Omega 3 diet to change that. There is scientific proof that Omega 3 fatty acids (omega-3 FA) help in the prevention of various common conditions affecting women;
  • Dysmenorrhea – period/menstruation pain. This normal occurrence in many women is anything from mild discomfort to spending the first day or so at home in bed with hot water bottles and painkillers. Increase in Omega 3 FA’s can reverse the symptoms of this.
  • Pregnancy. Increase in Omega 3 FA can assist with women having fertility problems; supplementing diets during pregnancy lowers the risk of premature births, promotes good fetal growth; and taken during pregnancy and breast-feeding may facilitate good brain development in the baby.
  • Menopause, postmenopausal osteoporosis, preeclampsia, postpartum depression, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease all containable/controllable by supplementing our diets with Omega 3 FA.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids - according to Wikipedia;

n−3 fatty acids (popularly referred to as ω−3 fatty acids or omega-3 fatty acids) are a family of unsaturated fatty acids that have in common a final carbon–carbon double bond in the n−3 position; that is, the third bond from the methyl end of the fatty acid.

Important nutritionally-essential n−3 fatty acids are: α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic aciddocosahexaenoic acid (DHA), all of which are polyunsaturated. The human body cannot synthesize n−3 fatty acids de novo, but it can form 20- and 22-carbon unsaturated n−3 fatty acids from the eighteen-carbon n−3 fatty acid, α-linolenic acid. These conversions occur competitively with n−6 fatty acids, which are essential closely related chemical analogues that are derived from linoleic acid. Both the n−3 α-linolenic acid and n−6 linoleic acid are essential nutrients which must be obtained from food. Synthesis of the longer n−3 fatty acids from linolenic acid within the body is competitively slowed by the n−6 analogues. Thus accumulation of long-chain n−3 fatty acids in tissues is more effective when they are obtained directly from food or when competing amounts of n−6 analogs do not greatly exceed the amounts of n−3.[citation needed] (EPA), and

We all know that we can get Omega 3 FA's through food sources; Tuna, Salmon, Mackerel, Eggs, Meat, Flax and other botanical sources. We can also access Omega 3 through supplements;

Omega III with EPA (eicosapenteaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a source of essential fatty acid derived from the purest fish oils. Vitamark insists on both molecular distillation and absorbent technology to ensure the efficacy, potency and purity of our Omega 3 product.

Sometimes referred to as “good fats,” essential fatty acids impact almost all of the body’s key functions, including pain mechanisms, inflammatory processes, circulation, gastrointestinal function, fluid system, nervous system, and hormones.* They are particularly important for the formation of healthy cell membranes.*

Women's Health - Your Health

Julie McClelland

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


betchai said...

oh, this is great piece of information. i am taking omega 3 supplements,and it is great to know the rest of its benefits.

Melissa said...

I do not like fish at all, so a supplement would be a good idea for me. I do wonder though, do they make your breath smell like fish, or leave fishy after taste?

Laura said...

Thanks for the information. I don't like fish so hopefully I get enough through eggs.

femmepower said...

great info!nice to know my diet is quite ok.i like fish a lot.

Julie McClelland said...

Hi their ladies - answering all your comments and questions;

Betcha - fantastic that you're taking supplements, so do I and my children.

We eat a lot of fish, but it is actually about eating the right kind of fatty fish, like tuna, salmon, mackerel and herring.

Taking supplements doesn't make you breath smell nor do you taste any fish.

Thanks for all your comments, I'm glad you have found this information to be useful

Julie :-)

Tes said...

I'm a fish eater too, but I think I need omega 3 supplement since my health is not in tip top shape. Thanks for the info, Julie.