Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Omega-3s Help Menopausal Women With Night Sweats, Hot Flashes and Weight Control
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s), namely EPA and DHA found in seafood and fish oil, are known for their potential heart health benefits, but evidence of other benefits continues to stack up. Enhanced infant brain development, reduced hot flashes in menopausal women and healthier weight loss in obese dieters are newer associations with omega-3 consumption. Research findings on these topics are summarized in the March 2009 Fats of Life and PUFA Newsletters.
EPA proved beneficial to women around the time of menopause. Quebec researchers found that their hot flashes decreased by 55 percent after 8 weeks with EPA consumption. Further studies will be done, however the initial findings are extremely positive for menopausal women.
Overweight women may also benefit from omega-3s. Spanish researchers found that animals fed omega-3s deposited significantly less fat in their fat tissue and livers, and had much lower production of inflammatory substances. This suggests that increased consumption of omega-3s by overweight humans might discourage fat gain and promote healthier fat tissue and liver metabolism. Another study from Spain, Ireland and Iceland found that higher omega-3 intakes by obese individuals on a weight-loss diet might help control their appetite and satiety, promote weight loss and reduce the likelihood of developing insulin resistance.
Fish oil has already been proven to be good for your skin, hair and mood. Now with the added benefits of helping hot flashes and night sweats, as well as help for menopausal weight gain, I would say there is nothing but good news regarding omega 3 oils.
Boost your omega 3 intake by consuming more seafood as well as taking omega 3 supplements available at grocery stores and pharmacies.