I’ve been managing surgical menopause now for 6 years and I’ve always been one to take supplements, it wasn’t until I took courses to become a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant is where I realized that not all vitamins are created equally when it comes to its potency and what’s in them. In recent years I’ve suggested to my Millennial In Menopause family to look more in depth to their vitamins, looking at NonGMO vitamins and liquid where possible. I’ve been taking fish oil and flaxseed oil for several years now because it’s a good for heart health, until I learn more.
There are three good essential fatty acids Omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9. However, Omega-3 is the most important of them all which is a polysaturated fatty acid, this is a fat that the body needs for brain function and cell growth.
What Can It Do For Women In Menopause?
o It can assist in reducing heart disease. Women in menopause have a tendency to have high levels of triglycerides and Omega 3 can help in lowering it. Of course this differs from person to person, if you are predisposed to have heart disease due to family history then this is something you may want to speak with your doctor about.
o Omega-3 can increase bone mineral content, and stronger bones which means it can help in the prevention of osteoporosis. It also reduces inflammation that can cause joint pain.
o Due to the fluctuation and reduction of hormones during menopause women are at risk of experiencing depression. After an event such a hysterectomy with an oophorectomy (the removal of ovaries) it can be pretty traumatic in the loss and because the ovaries produce the female hormone oestrogen and progesterone they are no longer regulating and release hormones as they should these changes can cause surgically induced menopausal women to experience depression and anxiety.
o Due to the fatty acids Omega-3 can assist in lubricating the body which helps with vaginal dryness.
o Can reduce the time frame of hot flashes
o It is said to assist in reducing cancer risks.
Where Can It Be Found?
o Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, tuna, scallops, krill
o For those who are vegan – walnuts, brazil nuts, soy nuts, algae, flaxseeds/oil, cauliflower, hummus, and collard greens.
Remember to take this information and speak with your doctor to see if you can benefit from adding supplements or any of the fish mentioned. Please understand that every woman’s body is different what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. This post is for information purposes only.