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High intake of oily fish could delay menopause, UK study says

Researchers note the study is observational with many caveats.

High intakes of oily fish, vitamin B6 and zinc are associated with a later onset of natural menopause, while the opposite appears true for a diet high in refined carbohydrates, suggest UK researchers.

Nutraingredients.com reports The Leeds University team cited the fish's omega-3 fatty acid content as significant in slowing down oocyte maturation, ovulation and breakdown of the ovarian follicles.

The researchers also used data from the The UK Women's Cohort Study (UKWCS) that included 14,150 women. That data showed high intakes of oily fish were associated with a delayed start to menopause by nearly three years.

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