Omega-3 fats found to improve the psychological wellbeing of menopausal women

Women who are in the throes of menopause can experience a range of debilitating symptoms which can be psychological (e.g. anxiety and/or depression) and/or physical (e.g. hot flushes and night sweats) in nature. Standard conventional medical treatment for the menopause is centred around hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, concerns about the safety of HRT (it’s

7 Responses to Omega-3 fats found to improve the psychological wellbeing of menopausal women

  1. jeannine 30 January 2009 at 3:31 am #

    how much omega 3 per day?

  2. Adam Steer - Better Is Better 30 January 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Have you run across much information on the Omega-3 fatty acid ETA. I have been reading quite a bit about it, especially as it relates to autoimmune disease. It seems very promising, but there is not a lot of information out there. Any insight you may have would be appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Adam

  3. Sue 31 January 2009 at 1:09 am #

    Jeannine,
    My fish omega 3 fish oils are 1000mg per capsule and this contains:
    EPA 180mg
    DHA 120mg

    You’d have to have about 6 capsules to get the EPA recommended but then you will be getting more DHA. They must have used another omega 3 source.

  4. Richard 31 January 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Apparently our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed in the range of 2:3 – 1:1 omega 3 to omega 6 oils in their diets. They would eat animal brains (high in omega 3) and obviously these animals were wild so would naturally have more omega 3 fats and be leaner than today’s indoor reared / cereal fed inactive animals.

    I avoid all vegetable oils, except olive oil (which is similar to bone marrow fat in composition). I also avoid industrially produced Trans fatty acids like margarine. And I eat lean meat. Eating brains may not be a good idea considering CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) and I don’t think even Delia could tell how cook that, so I take a dessert spoonful of fish oil daily to help balance things out. We should aim for 2 to 3 grams of EPA and 1 to 2 grams of DHA daily.

  5. Hilda Glickman 7 February 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Richard, It is important to take vitamin E with the fish oil as it is very volatile and goes off easily causimg free radical damge.

  6. Rhonda Olsen 9 July 2009 at 4:57 am #

    Interesting study. Omega-3 fats are great for many things, but now it’s also good to know that they are helpful for menopausal symptoms. Thanks!

  7. Kathy 30 December 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    This is a really good article!!! It is very important to take Omega-3 only a daily basics. Since I started taking a very good quailty supplement, I have benefited in so many ways. My skin, hair, and I no longer have pain in my right knee etc.
    http://www.omegauser.com

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