Fish & Legumes Could Help Postpone Menopause

By Yan Trokel, MD, DDS, at 3:55 pm

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fish & Legumes Could Help Postpone Menopause

For all women, menopause is unavoidable. However, delaying menopause is certainly a possibility.

According to a recent study, having a healthy diet consisting of plenty of fish and legumes can help push back the onset of menopause.

The results of a study of over 14,000 participants were very interesting.

Eating additional portions of oily fish and legumes assisted in postponing the onset of menopause by approximately 3 years! Adversely, extra portions of refined carbohydrates sped up the likely hood of early menopause by 1.5 years.

Interestingly enough, the study showed that certain food groups had similar effects. For example, vegetarians seemed to have a later onset of menopause versus those who eat meat. This is because vegetarians tend to consume higher amounts of fiber and antioxidants which keep estrogen levels lower and help slow the maturation of the woman’s eggs. Having the opposite effect, refined carbohydrates increase insulin production.

Maintaining a healthy diet and adding oily fish and/or legumes can do wonders for your health. For non-meat eating vegetarians, increasing your zinc and B6 levels will have the same effect.


Journal Reference:

Yashvee Dunneram, Darren Charles Greenwood, Victoria J Burley, Janet E Cade. Dietary intake and age at natural menopause: results from the UK Women’s Cohort StudyJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2018; DOI: 10.1136/jech-2017-209887

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