6 Foods to Support a Healthy Menopause

All thanks to the active molecules, called phytoestrogens, in them.


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Foods with naturally high levels of phytoestrogens can ease the symptoms of menopause and support a healthier transition into a new phase of life.

Check out these six whole foods you could eat during menopause and even after.

1. Soybeans

This versatile legume is a boon to women’s health. Its isoflavones can increase the level of estrogen in a menopausal body, easing difficult side effects like bone resorption and hot flashes.

Plus, soybeans offer a healthy dose of protein, which boosts metabolisms that can start to flag with age.

2. Organic Peanut Butter

Peanut butter — ideally made with organic Valencia peanuts — is another plant-protein-rich food that’s packed with the phytoestrogens that may help during menopause.

Half of its fat content is made up of oleic acid, making peanut butter a heart-healthy snack for curbing cravings. Peanuts may also reduce of risk of developing post-menopausal heart health complications.

Just reach for organic brands with no added hydrogenated oils or sugars!

3. Chickpeas

Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are another protein and fibre-packed legume that promotes feelings of fullness while supporting healthier menopause.

As with the other foods on this list, the phytoestrogens in chickpeas mimic the properties of estrogen — on a weaker scale than the actual hormone — helping relieve menopausal side effects and restore balance to a body in transition.

4. Grapes

This juicy, delightfully round fruit is a rich source of antioxidants (polyphenols), fibre, and of course, phytoestrogens.

In addition to their menopause-easing effects, grape polyphenols are also linked with reduced obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes — all conditions for which postmenopausal women are at a higher risk as they age.

5. Flax Seeds

Flax seeds (or linseeds) are rich in plant-based protein, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, and essential minerals like manganese and magnesium.

Plus, their high levels of lignans make flax seeds an excellent natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy. They may even help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improve the quality of life of women experiencing menopause.

6. Plums

Like many dark-coloured fruits, the antioxidant-rich plum offers a wide range of health benefits. It can improve cardiovascular health, boost bone density, lower the risks of cholesterol and diabetes, and improve digestive health. Also, its phytoestrogen content makes it yet another boon in the menopausal transition.

Resveratrol, one of the phytoestrogens that ease menopause, is abundant in these #WholeFoods. Consciously adding a healthy portion of them to your diet will promote overall wellness, if you’re at this stage or are getting here.

To help you meal prep for the week, we have some lip-smacking and healthy recipes rounded up. Head to our website and give them a try!

Go on and embrace these changes in your body. Thank her for supporting you at all times.

In return, nourish her lovingly with such whole and wholesome foods.


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