Omega-3 fatty acids can help us to live menopausal transition


The menopausal transition is different for each woman. It starts with a varying menstrual cycle length and ends with the final menstrual period (it can begin up to 10 years prior to the last period). Some women experience few or no symptoms of menopause while others experience many physiological and psychological symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, memory problems, irritability, rapid changes in mood, weight gain, changes in skin texture, etc.). The extent and severity of symptoms varies among women.

Psychological distress (unpleasant feelings or emotions that interfere with the activities of daily living) and depressive symptoms (feelings of hopelessness, loss of appetite and a persistent sad mood) are common in middle-aged women during menopausal transition and early postmenopause.

Menopause is not a disease, and many of its symptoms can be lessened or even avoided with a healthy lifestyle (regular exercise, proper nutrition and smoking cessation); moreover, not all women taking antidepressants or hormone replacement therapy experience an improvement in their symptoms and this, combined with their side effects often cause the discontinuation of the treatment.

Epidemiologic and clinical studies suggest that EPA and DHA are associated with benefits in mood disorders. According to a Canadian study, in middle-aged women with psychological distress but without major depression, supplementation with 1.05 g EPA+0.15 g DHA/day for 8 weeks improved significantly the scores in psychological distress and depressive scales more than placebo.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help us to live the menopausal transition as a normal part of life.

You can find more information in our posts: Women, depression and omega-3, How uncomfortable are hot flashes! and Omega-3, osteoporosis and menopause.




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