October 26, 2009

#6 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Many recent studies confirm that supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids reduce symptoms of depression and frequency of hot flashes. Research also shows that women with a high intake of Omega-3s have a 50% less chance of developing breast cancer – DHA is a natural anti-inflammatory that stops cellular transformation and kills off tumor cells.

A deficiency in of omega-3s, which is quite common, can result in fatigue, dry skin, cracked nails, thin and breakable hair, constipation, immune system malfunction, aching joints, depression, arthritis, and hormone imbalances.

There are 7 naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids. Two important omega-3s for women in perimenopause are EPA (benefits heart and joints) and DHA (critical for brain function). Fatty fish is the best food source of DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids. Another omega-3 fatty acid is ALA. ALA has not been shown to help with depression or hot flashes, but does have heart healthy effects (as well as allergies, autoimmune issues, and eczema). ALA is found in canola oil, flax seed/oil and soy.

Omega-3 supplements provide a safe, consistent and convenient consumption of this important nutrient. Look for a fish oil supplement that contains all 7 fatty acids and has been distilled to concentrate the natural benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, while removing harmful compounds such as mercury and lead that are found in many types of fish.

The health benefits of Omega-3s are bountiful and clinically proven. Make sure your diet contains this powerful nutrient to keep your brain and heart healthy and strong, and the hot flashes to a dull roar!

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