Fish Oil Can help Relieve Menstrual Cramps


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Any woman who has cramps during her menses desires a way to help make them better. Fortunately, now there is one.

According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 49: 508-16, women who consume more fish have less cramps during their cycles.

That is good news as many women suffer from pain during their periods that can be debilitating. And, the majority of these women rely on over-the-counter medicines for relief, all of which can have serious side effects. The bad news is that 85% of them are deficient in the omega 3 fatty acids that are found in fish. Up to 20% of women don’t have any DHA and EPA omega 3 show up in their blood tests.

A Danish research team concluded that if women either eat more fish or take supplements rich in Omega 3 fish oil, they can reduce their pain. Omega 3 is most prevalent in salmon, sardines, herring, and tuna.

One study conducted by researchers from The University of Cincinnati Medical Center showed fish oil supplements helped improve the menstrual pain in young girls. It was discovered that girls who took two grams of DHA and EPA omega 3 acids a day could reduce their pain by 36.5 percent and lowered their use of painkillers by up to 50 percent, according to The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 174: 1335-38.

Omega 3 fish oil supplements have results that show they are just as effective as any over the counter pain reliever, but with none of the various side effects.

The research team at The University of Cincinnati concluded that the supplements were not only beneficial for young girls for but for all women who suffer from pain from cramps during their menses.

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