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Natural Plant Oestrogens – Coumestrol

There are over 300 plants that have oestrogens in them and if they are consumed regularly enough they can have a mild effect on women. The most potent of the plant oestrogens is Coumestrol even though it is about 200 times weaker than human oestrogen.

Because the plant oestrogens have such a mild effect the side effects found with conventional HRT should be avoided. Coumestrol can be found in alfalfa and red clover and can be taken either as tea or sprouted. The seeds must be obtained from a reputable herbalist or health food shop.

Other good sources natural oestrogens are soya beans, soya bean sprouts and crushed linseeds. To vary the diet try to include good helpings of apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, chick peas, cucumbers, green beans, oats, olives, parsley, potatoes. rhubarb, rice, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. There are many others but those on this list should be readily available from high street shops.

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Soya Benefits

Soya is a food source rich in genistein and daidzein, two phytoestrogens.  They have a significant oestrogenic effect and are thought to help regulate hormonal imbalances in women.  It has also been claimed that they can help to prevent osteoporosis and recent research in Italy has suggested that taking daily supplements for a period of three months can halve the number of hot flushes suffered. Continue reading Soya Benefits

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8 tips to beat the menopause

Check out our eight top tips to beat the menopause without resorting to HRT:

  1. Eat a variety of foods and increase your intake of plant foods.  This increases the number of different phyto chemicals you ingest and decreases the likelihood that any one type will cause an imbalance.
  2. Don’t forget fish as a recent study found that including more fish oils in the diet alleviated some of the most common symptoms such as bloating, headaches, nervousness and irritability.  Generally you need to get your fish oil from fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring.
  3. Eat organic to limit exposure to xenoestrogens in pesticide residue.
  4. Support your adrenals as healthy adrenal glands will continue to supply your body with a form of oestrogen.  It is important to keep stress levels to a minimum as this will ensure that the adrenal glands produce more oestrogen that cortisol (the stress hormone).  You also need to eat potassium (found in avocado, lima beans, dried apricots, banana, cantaloupe melon, peaches, oranges and fish) and pantothenic acid (found in legumes, wholegrains, salmon, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, brocolli and cauliflower).
  5. Check out your thyroid as low thyroid function can be mistaken for menopausal symptoms.
  6. Manage the heat by avoiding tea, coffee, alcohol and spicy foods, all of which will cause hot flushes.
  7. Get moving and increase the amount of exercise you take.  This will help guard against osteoporosis and heart disease.
  8. Give up smoking and reduce alcohol intake as these will both increase likelihood of osteoporosis and heart disease.
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Eating Soy May Help Bone Health

A study of over 24,000 Chinese women has revealed that those that ate the most soy had the fewest bone fractures after menopause.  It appears that eating at least 5 grams of soy a day helped to prevent bone fractures, but those that ate more than 13 grams a day got the most benefit. 13 grams is equivalent to more that 60 milligrams of soy isoflavones. The greatest protection was afforded to those women who were within 10 years of their menopause as increased Soy intake did not appear to strengthen weakened bones.