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PSSST…HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT PHYTOESTROGENS?

Chicks, we’re in love……..With phytoestrogens. Never heard of them? Then read on…

 

Blackberries in a Ceramic BowlPhytoestrogens are causing a lot of excitement among us menopause enthusiasts (if you can call us that!). Phytoestrogens are a plant-based nutrient that behave like the hormone oestrogen. Because our declining level of oestrogen is responsible for many of the symptoms we experience during our journey towards (and through) menopause, finding something that can mimic it might really help.

Ok, we know phytoestrogens aren’t a miracle cure. But we believe they’re definitely worth trying. And we’re not the only ones.

As you know, we chicks at HC HQ love doing a spot of research. One of favourite experts on women and the menopause, Marilyn Glenville, writes that 85% of women in the western world experience menopause symptoms compared to only 14% in Asian countries. Why might that be?

Diet, it seems, is key. Asian diets are usually high in soya bean products. And soya is a high source of phytoestrogen. See the connection..?

OK, so what do we need to stock up on?

  • soya products – eat them in their traditional form including tofu, miso, and organic soya milk
  • chickpeas, lentils, peas, kidney beans
  • nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and flaxseeds
  • wholegrain, oats, lentils, rice, rye
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • herbs and spices, including red clover, black cohosh, panax ginseng, cinnamon and parsley.

So we know what we’ll be stocking up on this weekend: all aboard the phytoestrogen train, choo choo!

Let us know how you get on as we love to hear from you.

Carol & Tina

Watercolour photo of a pinky red heart

 

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