Can foods for menopause, help to ease menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats?

Phytoestrogens

May phytoestrogens help to ease menopausal symptoms?

In Foods for Menopause: Here Comes the ‘But’ the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) naturopath Sandra Villella elaborates on:

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“It’s important to know that phytoestrogens may help to ease menopausal symptoms in only one in three women. For the remaining two in three women, they may not see relief of symptoms. Why only one in three?

Ms Villella says it is due to the different gut bacteria people have. “Only about one in three women have the particular type of gut bacteria that can turn the phytoestrogen in soy into a stronger and more useable form, called equol,” she says”.

Avoid

Are there foods that may make menopausal symptoms worse?

In Foods for Menopause: Bonus Benefits – Foods To Avoid the JH’s naturopath Ms Villella notes:

“Just as there are foods that may help us through menopause, there are foods that may make menopausal symptoms worse. Some women find that reducing their intake of caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods reduces their hot flushes”.

Further Study

Is further study required about foods for menopause?

In An Apple A Day Might Help Keep Bothersome Menopause Symptoms Away the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain about the study results in Higher Intakes of Fruits and Vegetables Are Related To Fewer Menopausal Symptoms: A Cross-Sectional Study:

““This small cross-sectional study provides some preliminary evidence regarding the influence of fruit and vegetable intake on menopause symptoms. There is ample evidence that a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables has a beneficial effect on health in a myriad of ways, but additional study is needed to determine whether various menopause symptoms may be affected by dietary choices,” says Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director”.

FocusFood for Menopause

What can women focus their diet on?

In Foods for Menopause: Bonus Benefits – Aim for Healthy on the Whole the JH’s naturopath Ms Villella notes:

“We know focusing your diet on mainly whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, with healthy protein choices will set you up for the next third of your life, by decreasing the risk of chronic diseases associated with ageing”.

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Last Updated: 24 June 2020 – Last Revised: 24 June 2020
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