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Omega-3 supplementation may be helpful in maintaining cardiovascular health in premenopausal women

Triglycerides are the main form of fat storage by the body: the unused calories are stored in fat cells, and hormones release them to produce energy; but if more calories are consumed than burned, we can have “high triglycerides”. Having a high level of triglycerides in the blood is a common problem, but we cannot neglect it, because increases the cardiovascular risk; “hypertriglyceridemia” (high triglycerides) may contribute to hardening of […]

 
 
 
 

Possible benefit of the supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids in overweight/obese women during pregnancy

In Western countries up to 30 % of pregnant women are overweight or obese. Overweight/obese women are at higher risk of pregnancy complications, for instance, impaired glucose tolerance and gestational diabetes; furthermore, offspring of mothers with abnormal glucose in the blood during gestation are at greater risk of obesity and diabetes themselves. One study has assessed the associations of body mass index with fatty acid concentrations among pregnant women; this […]

 
 
 
 

Benefits of omega-3 supplementation in polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common endocrine disorder in women. It is estimated to affect between 6 and 10% of women of reproductive age, and is associated with menstrual irregularity, hyperandrogenism (excessive androgens production and secretion), insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. Presence of metabolic syndrome (a combination of elevated blood pressure, waist circumference of 35 inches or greater, blood glucose higher than normal, levels of “good” cholesterol [LDL] lower […]

 
 
 
 

Maternal omega-3 intake as a measure to prevent child’s metabolic disturbances

Relation between the gut microbiota (formerly known as gut flora) and human health is being increasingly recognized. The term microbiota refers to the entire population of microorganisms that colonizes a location (in this case, the gut) and includes bacteria and other microbes. Generally, microorganisms are viewed as pathogens (as causing diseases) by the immune system, that recognizes and eliminates them; however, majority of the gut bacteria are not pathogens and […]

 
 
 
 

Menstrual pain: Omega-3 supplementation could replace the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Dysmenorrhea (the medical term for menstrual pain) is characterized by abdominal pain occurring just before and/or during menstruation, and defined as primary if it occurs in the absence of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or pelvic inflammatory diseases. Primary dysmenorrhea is one of the most common complaints of women, and the most common gynecologic problem in menstruating women. Up to 90% of women of reproductive age experience menstrual pain (which typically starts […]

 
 
 
 

Gestational diabetes, omega-3 and vitamins

Insulin is a hormone necessary for the use of glucose (sugar) by the body as an energy source. Diabetes occurs when the body produces very little or no insulin, or when it does not respond appropriately to insulin. One consequence of diabetes are high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. In […]