With the arrival of menopause – a phase that occurs between 45 and 54 years of age – generally we tend to put on a few extra pounds. To curb its effects, keep your figure and take care of your skin, you need to make some dietary changes.
Natural supplements can be of great help to recover energy and vitality and to better enjoy this phase.
Metabolic changes and symptoms of menopause
With the end of the menstrual cycle, women tend to experience hormonal changes that are accompanied by increased sweating, irritability, hot flashes, and sometimes depression and anxiety.
It is very common, after the age of 45, to begin to lose some muscle mass and, vice versa, to gain volume on the belly.
In this case, it is always a good idea to follow the advice of a specialized nutritionist.
- It is good to adopt a diet that helps maintain muscle mass; in this phase it is necessary to increase the protein intake, in addition to reducing saturated fats and carbohydrates from refined flours.
The changes that occur in the female body during menopause can be reduced by taking appropriate drugs, such as natural or synthetic hormones. Alternatively, natural products can be used.
1. Soy isoflavones
Soy isoflavones are among the best known supplements used by menopausal women. They have a similar structure to natural estrogen. They are therefore ideal to replace the latter when, due to menopause, the body stops producing them.
Soy is also an ideal food to compensate for the lack of natural hormones.
- When, for any reason, it is not possible to take natural hormones, isoflavones from soy or any other plant are also not recommended.
- They are not, for obvious reasons, suitable for those allergic to soy.
- One of the major problems inherent in their use is the large amount of transgenic soy on the market.
When buying, always look for soy from organic farming. You can find isoflavones in capsules, cream, etc.
2. Remedies based on actaea racemosa against the symptoms of menopause
Also known as black cohosh or black cohosh , this plant is gradually replacing many traditional soy products.
One of the advantages is the absence of allergy risk that can cause soy or transgenicity.
- This interesting plant, native to North America , is able to reduce the symptoms of menopause in a short time.
- It also contains active ingredients that help fight anxiety, hot flashes and tachycardia.
- We can find derivatives of this plant in many slimming and anti-hair loss products.
3. The red clover
This wild plant belonging to the legume family also contains isoflavones and helps reduce nighttime hot flashes, anxiety and depression.
Red clover preparations are readily available on the market. In addition to isoflavones, they contain mineral salts (magnesium, potassium, calcium) and vitamins, including C.
4. The maca root
Maca root is of great help in relieving the symptoms of menopause, as well as controlling anxiety, depression and loss of libido.
In some areas of the world, such as Peru and Bolivia, it has been used since ancient times to treat ailments of various kinds.
5. Dong quai
Dong quai or Chinese angelica is considered the “women’s ginseng”. It can be used to control not only menopausal symptoms but PMS as well.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been using this active ingredient for many years.
- You can find it in the store in the form of food preparations and supplements of various types.
- Its effects are similar to those provided by natural estrogen.
6. Omega 3 against the symptoms of menopause
Omega 3 essential fatty acids are very beneficial to our health for many reasons. In addition to protecting the immune system and the heart, they have an anti-inflammatory effect, which is essential during menopause.
Omega 3 is a natural source of vitamin E, the vehicle for most hormones; their consumption is therefore very healthy during this delicate phase.
While they are not effective against hot flashes, they reduce inflammation, protect bones and help keep blood cholesterol in check.