Navigation Links
Omega-3s ease depressive symptoms related to menopause
Date:1/28/2009

Quebec City, January 28, 2009Omega-3s ease psychological distress and depressive symptoms often suffered by menopausal and perimenopausal women, according to researchers at Universit Laval's Faculty of Medicine. Their study, published in the February issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, presents the first evidence that omega-3 supplements are effective for treating common menopause-related mental health problems.

Dr. Michel Lucas and colleagues recruited 120 women age 40 to 55 and divided them into two groups. Women in the first group took three gel capsules containing a total of one gram of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid of marine origin, every day for eight weeks. Those in the second group followed the same protocol, but took gel capsules containing sunflower oil without EPA.

Test results before and after the eight-week period indicate that omega-3s significantly improved the condition of women suffering symptoms of psychological distress and mild depression. "The differences we observed between the two groups are noteworthy," commented Dr Lucas, "especially considering that omega-3s have very few side effects and are beneficial to cardiovascular health." However, no positive effect was observed among a small group of women with more severe depressive symptoms.

Women with hot flashes also noted that their condition improved after consuming omega-3s. At baseline, the number of daily hot flashes was 2.8 and dropped by an average of 1.6 in the group taking omega-3s and by 0.5 in the control group. The change that can be attributed to the use of omega-3s, i.e. a decrease of 1.1 hot flashes per day, is equivalent to results obtained with hormone therapy and antidepressants. Details of these results were published in the November 20, 2008 online edition of the journal Menopause.

Many women suffer from depressive symptoms during menopause and perimenopause. Some take antidepressants for relief even though their effectiveness is controversial. Mistrust of hormone therapy and antidepressants leads certain women to turn to alternative methods whose effectiveness has not yet been scientifically demonstrated. This study by Universit Laval researchers corrects this situation with regard to marine-sourced omega-3s.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jean-Franois Hupp
jean-francois.huppe@dc.ulaval.ca
418-656-7785
Universit Laval
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Ongoing Tests Show Kona Kampachi(R) is Rich in Omega-3s With No Detectable Mercury
2. Omega-3s Linked to Prevention of Parkinsons Disease and More
3. Brain, Eye and Heart Health: Three Reasons to Eat More Omega-3s
4. Omega-3s Guard Against Type 1 Diabetes
5. Labopharm to host webcast presentation on novel trazodone formulation for treatment of major depressive disorder
6. Psychiatric Congress Focus on Depressive Disorders Continues Through the Weekend
7. New study finds that add-on therapy improves depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder
8. Poor sleep linked to suicidal behavior among children and adolescents with depressive episodes
9. Wyeths Pristiq, a New Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Adults, Now Available in U.S. Pharmacies
10. Research team finds link between asthma and depressive disorders
11. Current and Emerging Therapies Have No Advantage Over Enbrel in Reducing the Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... have until January 15, 2017 to apply for a 2016/2017 California Casualty Thomas ... http://www.calcasathleticsgrant.com . Qualifying schools can receive up to $3,000. , The ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... advisory organization, is proud to announce it has added CXC Solutions (CXC) as ... management solutions. These solutions are tailored to help benefits advisors reduce operating ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... is now offering HIAC particle counting and sizing services for USP 788 and ... instituted the new service as a response to the needs of pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... the launch of a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign ( http://kck.st/2g3a1so ) for the ... active alerts and even taking an EKG from the watch while sharing these ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... Keeping Gift Season Safe, In a ... are safe and age-appropriate for their recipients. This is the idea behind Safe Toys ... safety of items that would make good gifts for children. For companies that produce ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... , Dec. 6, 2016 Eurofins ... accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) ... (CLIA) for its new laboratory in ... moved its North American headquarters. "Our ... sequencing -- which is still considered the ,Gold ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... Miss. , Dec. 6, 2016 Two ... rescue personnel in a simulated mass casualty event Tuesday ... . The technology debuted before an audience including ... and representatives from Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement ... Drone Project, known as HiRO (Health Integrated Rescue Operations), ...
(Date:12/6/2016)...  Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. ("Arcturus" or the "Company"), ... it entered into collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company ... of NASH and other gastrointestinal (GI) related disorders, ... UNA Oligomer chemistry. The financial terms were not ... and expertise in GI disorders, we are confident ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: