Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids. We have to get these essential fatty acids through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in seafoods like algae, krill, cold water fatty fish and other including, some plants and nut oils. The three types of omega 3 fatty acids are Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Research has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids can have an excellent effect on impacting degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and many others. There are anti-inflammatory properties in omega-3 fatty acids which have a positive effect for women especially those going through menopause. It can facilitate pregnancy in women with infertility problems by increasing uterine blood flow. The Intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and breast feeding may facilitate the child's brain development. Omega-3 supplements were found to be effective against major depression. American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least 2 times a week. Balancing the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is important for long term health and well-being.
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Nutan Makasare, Prakash Makasare. Omega 3 Fatty Acids for Women's Health and Happiness. Int. J. Adv. Nur. Management. 2016; 4(3): 309-313. doi: 10.5958/2454-2652.2016.00069.X