Krill Oil Omega-3 and Menopause Symptoms

Here’s an exciting news flash: Omega-3 can help alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

Menopause

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life that begins twelve months after her last menstrual period. The combination of physical and emotional distress associated with menopause makes it one of the most disturbing periods in a woman’s life since the low levels of estrogen can result in many uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms. Caused by lower levels of reproductive hormones, it usually occurs in a woman’s forties or fifties.

In the United States and Canada, the average age for menopause is fifty-one. The major complaints surrounding menopause are hot flashes, night sweats, increased anxiety or irritability, and vaginal dryness.

Various remedies and lifestyle habits are recommended for the management of menopausal symptoms. It all depends on personal preference; some women prefer natural remedies for managing symptoms of menopause such as herbal medicine, phytoestrogens, evening primrose oil, relaxation, and yoga.[1] [2]

Omega-3 and Menopause

Omega-3 is gradually being recognized as an important part of alternative remedies against the symptoms of menopause. Due to their well-established anti-inflammatory properties and cardiovascular benefits omega-3 have been shown to help prevent the side effects of menopause namely depression, hot flashes, osteoporosis and vaginal dryness. 

A Canadian study following menopausal women ages 45 to 55 revealed that those who were given an EPA omega-3 supplement of marine origin experienced significant relief of psychological stress and mild depression, as well as of hot flashes over an 8-week test period. In fact, the reduction in hot flashes was the same as if the women had taken phytoestrogens or antidepressants. [3] [4]

References

[1] Bair YA, Gold EB, Zhang G, et al. Use of complementary and alternative medicine during the  menopause transition: longitudinal results from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Menopause. 2008;15:32-43.

[2] Posadzki P, Lee MS, Moon TW, Choi TY, Park TY, Ernst E. Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by menopausal women: a systematic review of surveys. Maturitas. 2013;75:34-43.)

[3] American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Volume 89, Pages 641651 " M. Lucas, G. et al; Ethyleicosapentaenoic acid for the treatment of psychological distress and depressive symptoms in middle aged women: a double blind, placebo controlled, randomized clinical trial”.

[4] Menopause Vol. 16, No. 2, “M. Lucas, et al Effects of ethyleicosapentaenoic acid omega3 fatty acid supplementation on hot flashes and quality of life among middle aged women: a double blind, placebo controlled, randomized clinical trial”