Menopause and Nutrition
Every woman goes through menopause. It begins around the age of 45 and lasts an average of five to 15 years. During this time, the ovaries go through various phases in which the production of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone is increasingly reduced. The adrenal hormone DHEA and the male hormone testosterone, which women also produce in small amounts, as well as the growth hormone HGH, are also produced in dwindling amount over the years.
Tips for protection against cardiovascular disease:
- Reduce weight
- Lower bad LDL cholesterol with 2 tablespoons daily of oat bran
- Increase good HDL cholesterol with omega-3 fatty acids (fish, linseed oil)
- Engage in daily endurance training of about 30 minutes
- Drink plenty of water
- Stop smoking
Alternative to artificial hormones: Phytoestrogens
Estrogen drugs can cause breast cancer. Therefore, they should only be taken in particularly severe cases.
Phytoestrogens are an alternative. They belong to secondary plant substances and are not hormones in the classic sense. However, they are called phytoestrogens because their structure and effect are similar to that of human estrogens, although with weaker effect. Scientific studies show that phytoestrogens can help with menopausal symptoms and protect against breast cancer, heart attacks and osteoporosis. Japanese women, who traditionally eat a lot of soy, which contains a lot of phytoestrogens, have practically no menopausal symptoms and the rate of breast cancer is also much lower than in western Europe and the US.
Caution: If you have breast cancer, avoid foods with a high percentage of phytoestrogens, such as soy products, as they can stimulate tumor growth.
Foods with phytoestrogens:
- All soy products (with highest content in soybeans and tofu)
- Wheat germ oil
- Wholegrain cereals
- Broccoli, cabbage, root vegetables