Krill oil may be more effective than fish oil for PMS and dysmenorrhoea
Among completed studies was one conducted in 2003 by researchers from the University of Montreal's department of experimental surgery. Using 70 patients diagnosed with PMS, researchers compared omega-3 fish oil and krill oil1 for effectiveness on the management of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhoea, a condition characterized by severe uterine pain during menstruation.
The researchers found krill oil to be significantly superior as a treatment for those suffering from these conditions. In other words, there was a significant reduction in the number of emotional symptoms and analgesics used by those receiving krill oil compared to those using omega-3 fish oil.
Krill oil and pregnancy
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also is of interest for women's health. The study followed 1,649 women and their children through the child's third year.2 It found among other things:
• Only one-fifth of the women who ate two or more fish meals a week during pregnancy got the recommended 200 mg of omega-3s per day
• Only three percent of the of women consumed the recommended intake of DHA in the last month of pregnancy when large amounts of DHA are transferred from the mother to the child to support brain development.
• The odds of childhood obesity were 32 percent lower when the mothers' intake of omega-3s was high during pregnancy
1. Sampalis F, et al. Evaluation of the effects of Neptune Krill Oil on the management of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea. Altern Med Rev 2003;8(2):171-9.
2 Donahue SM, et al. Prenatal fatty acid status and child adiposity at age 3 y: results from a US pregnancy cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. Apr2011;93(4):780-8.
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