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Managing Menopause Naturally with Isoflavones

If you’ve decided to take a more natural route to treat your menopause symptoms, it’s likely that you will have come across soy isoflavones.

But what are these? Where can they be found? And how exactly can they help with common symptoms of menopause?

What are Isoflavones?

Isoflavones are naturally found in legumes including soya beans, chickpeas, peanuts and other types of fruit and nuts, with soy isoflavones having been found to provide relief from some menopause symptoms when included in natural menopause supplements.

Soy isoflavones are phytoestrogens, or plant-based oestrogens, which means they are essentially a natural oestrogen substitute, and taking them could help to rebalance some of the missing oestrogen that has naturally declined and triggered the start of menopause.

Many menopause supplements contain soy isoflavones, and bind to the same receptors that natural oestrogen would usually do when they are ingested. This means isoflavones could help to rebalance hormonal activity in menopause and subsequently provide relief from common symptoms that occur as a result of a drop in oestrogen levels, such as hot flushes and mood swings.

In fact, a 2012 analysis of 19 previous studies into isoflavones led to the discovery that natural supplements containing soy isoflavones were able to reduce the severity of hot flushes by 26 per cent when compared to a placebo.

Types of Isoflavones

There are several different types of isoflavone, including red clover, and soy-derived isoflavones, such as the DT56a that is found in Femarelle® supplements.

These isoflavones can mimic the effects of oestrogen in the body and may be able to provide relief from a variety of menopause symptoms, including lack of energy, difficultly sleeping, loss of libido and vaginal dryness as a result.

Where Can Isoflavones be Found?

You can try to add more isoflavones to your diet by consuming more legumes and soy - there is even evidence to suggest that a diet with a high soy content, such as that typically eaten by women in Japan, may be able to provide relief from hot flushes by itself.

However, taking supplements such as those from Femarelle® can provide you with a little extra daily support throughout your menopause journey, as each type of Femarelle® supplement contains different vitamins; Rejuvenate includes vitamin B2 to help improve your ability to sleep in the early stages of menopause; Recharge contains vitamin B6 to regulate your hormonal activity in menopause; Unstoppable includes vitamin D to support bone health and reduce your osteoporosis risk in post-menopause.

Isoflavones can be extremely beneficial if you’re looking for a natural way to manage your menopause symptoms, but it’s important to think about what else you’re putting in your body too. For example, too much caffeine or alcohol could trigger a hot flush, while you also need to make sure you’re getting the right vitamins for your individual needs.

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