Women whose diets are rich with foods that have the nutritional supplement Omega-3 fatty acids may have a lower risk of developing endometriosis, a serious condition that occurs when pieces of the wombs lining grow outside of the womb. Although some women who suffer from the condition experience no symptoms, many females experience excruciating stomach pain.
According to a new study published in the journal, Human Reproduction, women who have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their systems were 22 percent less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis. On the opposite side of the spectrum, women who consumed diets with more trans fat had a 48 percent increased risk of developing the condition.
Scientists are hopeful that these findings will show women that healthy fats are still an important part of their diet regimen.
“This gives [women] information that is more tailored and provides evidence for another disease where it is the type of fat in the diet, rather than the total amount, that is important,” study leader, Dr. Stacey Missmer, said.