Role of Omegas in PCOS

This study included 64 overweight or obese PCOS subjects of the age 20-35 years.

In this study the subjects received either omega 3 fatty acids (180mg eicosapentaenoic acid + 120mg docosahexanoic acid) or a placebo for 8 weeks.

Fasted blood samples were collected and analysed.

At the end of the trial, those supplemented with omega 3 showed signs of decreased glucose, insulin and insulin resistance, whilst the total cholesterol and LDL content decreased when compared to those supplemented with the placebo.

HDL and triglyceride levels in the individuals with omega 3 increased.

From this study then, we can indicate that omega 3 fatty acids may reduce cardiovascular and metabolic risk in PCOS patients.

References: “Effects of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on serum adiponectin levels and some metabolic risk factors in women with polycystic ovary syndrome,” Mohammadi E, Rafraf M, et al, Asia Pac J ClinNutr, 2012; 21(4):511-8. (Address: M. Rafraf, Nutrition Research Center, Department of Nutrition in Community, Faculty of Health and Nutrition, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. E-mail: rafrafm@tbzmed.ac.ir ).

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