Diets Rich in Vegetables And Fish Delay Menopause By Three Years

May 2, 2018

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A research study suggest women who have a diet rich in green vegetables, beans and fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines can delay the onset of menopause by as much as three years.  It also found those who often ate refined carbohydrates such as pasta and white rice typically reached the menopause around 18 months sooner than average. The study reviewed medical records for over 14,000 women over a four year period that found women on average go through menopause at the age of 51, when estrogen levels fall leading to hot flushes, sweating and the inability to mother children. But for those who ate lots of vegetables such as green beans and peas went through the menopause around a year later than those who did not eat them. Even more surprising were women whose diet included oily fish delayed menopause by three years. A higher intake of vitamin B6 and zinc, found in food including poultry, beef, fish, seeds and avocados, also appeared to delay the onset. Antioxidants found in vegetables delay natural damage to the body’s DNA while omega 3 fatty acids, which are abundant in oily fish, also stimulate antioxidant activity in the body. Vegetarians were found to start the menopause a year earlier than those who eat meat, according to the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. While vegetarians consume a lot of antioxidants, they are also likely to eat more fiber and less animal fat. This is linked with low estrogen levels, which may also alter the timing of the menopause, they suggested. The researchers warned that their study was observational and further research is needed to look at whether these associations were cause or effect.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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