New research suggests that a portion of oily fish a day could delay the onset of symptoms of menopause for more than three years!
Menopause is an important stage in a woman’s life signifying the end of the reproductive life cycle with an increase in progesterone levels and a reduction in oestrogen.
Many of us already know and understand that oily fish, rich in omega 3, is good for our both our brain and heart function, but the new study from the UK Women’s Cohort Study proposes that eating regular portions of it could have another huge benefit for women.
The study was carried out with more than 900 women from England, Scotland and Wales, and charted members for over four years to find connections between dietary choices and the age at which the women began menopause.
The researchers established that having a diet high in oily fish could delay the onset of menopause for more than three years.
Pause For Thought
The research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, also found that women who ate a lot of refined carbohydrates, such as pasta and rice, may accelerate the time at which women begin to go through the change. Statistically, women in Britain start their menopause at around 51.
Public Health England currently recommends having a minimum of two portions of fish a week, with one made up of oily fish, but which fish is best at exploiting the menopause-delaying effects?
There are two main classes of fish both of which are good for you but have different properties; white and oily. White fish is higher in protein and low in fat, which is good, but it is the omega 3 fatty acids, that appear to be the difference for menopause.
The study suggested a 90g daily portion of the latter to give an average menopausal delay of 3.3 years.
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