Menopause (hot flushes, hot flashes)
Some causative factors
- Adrenal gland insufficiency
- Reduced oestrogen production.
Promising nutritional research
Soy contains daidzin, a powerful plant oestrogen. 58 menopausal women suffering from at least 14 hot flushes per week were given a daily diet supplemented with soya flour or wheat flour, in a randomized, double-blind trial. There was a significant, rapid improvement in the menopausal symptom score, particularly in the soya flour group, with symptoms decreasing by 40% over 12 weeks. Murkies AL et al: Dietary flour supplementation decreases post-menopausal hot flushes: effect of soy and wheat. Maturitas 21(3):189-95, 1995.
Information compiled by Linda Lazarides
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author, Educator