Omega-3s may delay ovarian aging

Each woman is born with a number of eggs in the ovaries, which declines by about 75 percent by puberty. Keeping the remaining eggs from maturing too soon is key to a healthy reproductive life.

Doctors wanted to see if omega-3s could help regulate follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a compound that plays a role in maturing eggs. When FSH levels are too high for a woman’s life stage, it can mean low ovarian egg reserves. In this study, 15 obese and 12 healthy weight women, aged 28 to 34, took 4,000 mg of EPA/DHA per day. After one month, FSH levels had declined in the healthy-weight women with normal ovarian reserves. In obese women, omega-3s did not have an effect on FSH levels, but signs of inflammation had decreased. Doctors said omega-3s may delay ovarian aging and may be useful in women with low ovarian egg reserves.

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