Omega 3 Fats May Drop Endometriosis Risk


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Omega-3 Fats May Drop
Endometriosis Risk

APRIL 2010—Millions of women worldwide suffer from endometriosis, in which patches of uterine lining grow outside of the womb. But diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have reduced the risk of this often-painful condition in a recent study.

A Boston-based research team analyzed data from the Nurses Health Study, an ongoing investigation involving nearly 71,000 US women. Almost 2,000 participants were diagnosed with endometriosis over 12 years.

Eating diets with high levels of unhealthy trans fats raised the risk of developing this condition by 48% while diets rich in omega-3 fats led to a risk reduction of 22%, according to a recent edition of Human Reproduction.

“This study gives us a strong indication that we’re on the right track in identifying food rich in omega-3 oils as protective for endometriosis,” says study author Stacey Ann Missmer, ScD of the Harvard School of Public Health.

In addition to pain, endometriosis can cause irregular bleeding and infertility. The abnormal tissue is most often found on structures in the lower abdomen, but can occur elsewhere in the body.


Lovin' life~
Mar 2, 2009
Well that's a very interesting & helpful study! One that's worth passing on to friends who are suffering with this and have diets high in omega 6s.

The ideal ratio of 3s to 6s is 1 to 1, but unfortunately, most people in our convenience drivin society consume ratios of 1:10 to upwards of 1:40, 1:50 and higher. I wonder if a constant imbalance of the two omega fats is what causes endometriosis in women prone to it from the getgo.