Natural Treatment to Reduce Hot Flashes -
Soy and Menopause
Mara Z. Vitolins, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., RD
"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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