Natural Treatment to Reduce Hot Flashes -
Soy and Menopause

Learn about soyfoods/soybean oil and health directly from the experts in our series of short video clips.
Menopausal? Try Cooling Off with Soy
Mara Z. Vitolins, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., RD
How can you reduce hot flashes with a natural treatment or remedy? Registered Dietitian Mara Vitolins suggests using soy to boost estrogen levels. Soy protein naturally contains isoflavones, which can mildly increase estrogen levels and may provide hot flash relief.

Related Soy & Menopause Info:
Soy & Women's Health Fact Sheet
Healthy Soy Recipes
Soy Isoflavones Info

Show video transcript

"I'm Mara Vitolins. I'm a nutrition researcher and a registered dietitian.

Interestingly, women can spend a third to half of their lives in menopause. A nice natural approach used to reduce hot-flashes is to consume soy. Soy contains isoflavones which are weakly estrogenic molecules that are found within the soy protein itself. So essentially, as a woman is going through menopause, her estrogen levels are lowering and by consuming these foods you can sort of bolster those levels a little bit.

Soy is easy to incorporate into your diet. It is found in abundance in the grocery store, including soy milk, there are soy cheeses and there are soynuts, as well as cereals that contain soy protein in them. I recommend two to four servings per day. That would get a woman at the level of the studies where they've shown effectiveness.

A woman should expect to feel results in about four weeks. While a woman may not get complete relief from her hot flashes, she should keep in mind that she's consuming a very healthy protein, so there is benefit even beyond the hot-flashes."

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