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Rashi Chowd­hary

Q AI am ve­gan and have been strug­gling with ir­reg­u­lar men­strual cy­cles for the past three months. I’ve heard adding vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments like omega-3 and 6 to my diet can help – is this true? I wouldn’t rec­om­mend omega-6 – which you get from veg­etable oils, nuts and salad dress­ings – for your con­di­tion. On av­er­age we get over nine times the rec­om­mended omega-6 we need from our di­ets be­cause we tend to eat out a lot and the food is pre­pared in re­fined veg­etable oil. This causes an im­bal­ance in the ideal omega 3-omega-6 ra­tio. Omega-3 is avail­able from eggs, fish and fish oil, nuts like flaxseeds and wal­nuts, and olive oil. Ideally this ra­tio should be 3:1. Any dis­tur­bance in this bal­ance can dras­ti­cally con­trib­ute to hor­monal is­sues. You do need to start sup­ple­ment­ing your diet, but only with omega-3. Low lev­els of omega-3 acids in the blood have been found to cause is­sues re­lated to the men­strual cy­cle. Omega-3 is su­pe­rior-qual­ity fatty acid that your body uses to build the outer layer of ev­ery cell.

It will take around three months for you to feel or see a dif­fer­ence but cells start to func­tion bet­ter, ab­sorb nu­tri­ents ef­fi­ciently and your me­tab­o­lism gets a boost. Your blood work, mainly lipid pro­file – choles­terol lev­els – should dras­ti­cally im­prove.

In short, man­age­ment of sugar lev­els, shed­ding of ex­cess fat, good hor­monal health, and glow­ing skin are just some of the ef­fects you’ll see with omega-3 sup­ple­ments. How­ever, you must con­sult a physi­cian for your ir­reg­u­lar men­strual cy­cle.

is a nu­tri­tion­ist and inch-loss ex­pert

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