Eating oily fish and fresh legumes delays the onset of natural menopause by around 3 years, shows a new published analysis of data from the UK Women’s Cohort Study (UKWCS).
Higher intake of vitamin B6 and zinc were also associated with modestly delayed menopause.
But consuming refined pasta and rice was linked to an earlier natural menopause by 1.5 years, and likewise, vegetarian women had an earlier natural menopause than nonvegetarians.
The research, the first of its kind in UK women, was led by Yashvee Dunneram, MSc, from the University of Leeds, UK, and published online April 30 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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