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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Omega 3 Oils and Menopause

Maintaining a proper balance of dietary fats may ward off much of the symptoms, including bone loss associated with menopause and post-menopausal life. Researchers have found that diets with a low ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids minimised the bone loss typically brought on by estrogen deficiency, which is common in post menopausal females. Omega-6 fatty acids are typically found in foods such as grains and beef, while omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods such as walnuts and salmon.

While both types of fats are essential for human health, diets with a high ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids are often associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. A low ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, however, is believed to promote cardiovascular health, improve memory and, as the current study shows, protect bone health.

Most menopausal women do not get an adequate supply of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids help by producing compounds similar to hormones that help maintain membrane function, cut down on swelling and inflammation, constrict blood vessels, control pain, support the body’s natural immune response, prevent blood clots, and so on.

Omega 3 fatty acids are highly beneficial for skin, hair and nails, both ingested and as a skin moisturiser applied directly to the skin twice daily.

While the traditional oil for menopause is Evening Primrose Oil, it is best to mix and match your sources including fish oil, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil, olive oil and so on. These oils are available for delivery worldwide from

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