It’s well understood that what you eat affects your hormones. (Exhibit A: breaking out a day after throwing yourself a pizza party.) Some foods bring balance to the body, while some knock things out of whack. Recently researchers learned just how strong the connection really is by noticing a correlation between certain diets and when women start going through menopause. It turns out that you just might be able to delay the process by tweaking your diet.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology, women who eat oily fish on a regular basis start menopause roughly three years later than those who don’t. Legumes were also linked to slowing the process down. On the other hand, a carb-heavy diet of pasta and rice was correlated to starting it earlier.
Women who eat oily fish on a regular basis start menopause roughly three years later than those who don’t.
“Vitamin B6 and zinc were also found to be associated with a later age at natural menopause,” the study reads. Also worth pointing out: “Women who were vegetarian had an earlier age at natural menopause compared to non-vegetarians.”
The findings weren’t from just a small handful of women, either: Data from over 14,150 women were analyzed. All the women did, however, live in the UK, so it wasn’t quite as diverse of a sampling pool as it potentially could have been. Still, the correlation is worth acknowledging as a reminder that what you eat really does affect more than many are often aware.
Read more: wellandgood.com