Something’s fishy

Posted by on Dec 12, 2008 in bone health, heart disease, hot flash | 5 comments

A small study in the online edition of the journal Menopause suggests that a supplement containing  omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce hot flashes in menopausal women.

Canadian researchers evaluated the influence of omega-3 supplementation in 120 women (between the ages of 40 and 55) experiencing hot flashes who took either a real pill containing oeicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or dummy pill for 8 weeks.  At the start, study participants had an average of 2.8 hot flashes daily.

At the study’s end, women taking omega-3 fatty acids had 1.5 times fewer hot flashes daily compared to women taking dummy pills, whose hot flash frequency decline by 50%. Hot flash severity, however, remained similar between the groups and the use of omega-3s did not impact mood or other quality of life factors.

Although the researchers caution that more study is needed, it’s important to note that earlier data do suggest that omega-3s may be useful in reducing hot flashes.  Regardless, the benefits of incorporating omega-3s in midlife, which include potential protection against heart disease and osteroporosis, should not be overlooked.

5 Comments

  1. 12-12-2008

    this works for me!

    and honestly i have been a flashing, irregular heartbeat lunatic lately so I can use all the help i can get!

  2. 12-13-2008

    Thought you would be interested in this short omega-3 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIgNpsbvcVM

  3. 12-13-2008

    I’ve also had issues with overactive adrenals during menopause which led to anxiety. The omega 3’s helped tremendously with creating an overall sense of balance and calm.

  4. 12-13-2008

    Wildheart26; that’s great to know. Good for others going through this to hear!
    Susan – thanks much!
    Amy – hope some omega-3s help. short of that, wine!

  5. 12-17-2008

    Well, taking some omega-3s is heart healthy, so if it helps with hot flashes too, that’s a bonus! But how many mgs did the study participants take? There can be side effects with large doses. For now, I’ll stick with 3 or so servings of fatty fish/week (tastier too!).

    I’ve finally reached a decision about HRT and have just started taking a low dose of bio-identical hormones for a trial period of 3 months (Estrogel and Prometrium). I’ve been getting some hot flashes and some night sweats, but they are not my biggest problem. I’m sleep deprived and nothing I’ve tried to date has worked!

    I’ll be blogging about my experience.
    Regards, Emily

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