Men are from Mars, women have more effective uptake of omega-3


Recently, a group of researchers at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne (Australia), which were investigating the effects of taking multivitamin and fish oil supplements together on the incorporation of Omega-3 fatty acids into red blood cells, have reached the conclusion that it was influenced by dosage, the concurrent intake of vitamin/minerals (some of them improved the incorporation) and gender: women have more effective uptake of these fatty acids. In their research, women supplemented with fish oil were generally found to have higher incorporation of total omega-3 fatty acids at the end of the study (and these results corroborate prior research).

“Men don’t listen and women can’t read maps”. Perhaps we do not agree with this, but it seems that one thing is for sure: Men and women respond differently to omega-3 supplementation. Yes, we also differ in our ability to incorporate omega-3 long chain fatty acids into red blood cells.



Pipingas A, Cockerell R, Grima N et al. Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Effects of Fish Oil and Multivitamin Supplementation on the Incorporation of n-3 and n-6 Fatty Acids into Red Blood Cells. Nutrients. May 2014; 6(5): 1956-1970. Published online May 14, 2014. doi: 10.3390/nu6051956