Women may be able to use omega-3 nutritional supplements to help treat common menopausal symptoms such as mild depression, according to a new study.
French researchers say their findings are the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of omega-3 for menopause-related psychological distress.
As part of the study, Dr Michel Lucas and colleagues studied 120 women between the ages of 40 and 55, and surveyed them about their menopausal symptoms.
Then they divided them into two groups: one was given three capsules of an omega-3 nutritional supplement known as EPA, while the other received a placebo.
At the end of the eight-week study, the participants who had been taking omega-3 showed significant improvement, reducing their symptoms of distress and also cutting down on hot flashes.
Dr Michel Lucas suggested that women who do not want to use hormone replacement therapy may try omega-3 nutritional supplements as an alternative therapy.
They have very few side effects and can also benefit ones heart health, he added.
Previous research has linked flaxseeds, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, with the reduction of menopausal symptoms.