Phytoestrogens are often touted as a natural cure for menopausal symptoms. While phytoestrogens are not a cure-all for menopause symptoms, and they work differently in different women, there is some evidence that phytoestrogens may have some health benefits, including relieving some menopause symptoms.
Phytoestrogens are found in many plants and act like estrogen in the human body. Research shows that phytoestrogens may be able to prevent some menopause symptoms and may also have some benefits for long term health, such as decreasing the risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.
However, it is important to note that phytoestrogens are not right for everyone, for example, soy is rich in phytoestrogens, and because of this it is not recommended to give soy-based formula to infants. Breakfast ideas that contain phytoestrogens include:
There's nothing more satisfying at the start of the day than a full omelette. Juicy tomatoes, sweet onions, and savory peppers all combine to make this egg dish a taste sensation. And luckily, these vegetables all contain phytoestrogens. Fire up the skillet and make this a part of your next breakfast. Add a glass of soy milk for another easy dose of phytoestrogens.
The thought of veggie bacon isn't exactly as mouthwatering as actual bacon, but don't knock it till you've tried it. There have been great strides in the tastiness of meat substitutes in recent years, and since veggie bacon is mostly made of soy, it is also rich in phytoestrogens. Soy can also be eaten in the form of tofu, soy milk, soy beans, and tofu burgers.
Need a morning pick-me-up? Green tea is a healthier alternative to sugar-and-cream saturated coffee. Green tea contains phytoestrogens and also has a wide range of health benefits beyond this. In addition, B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and caffeine are all found naturally in green tea.
More Information about Phytoestrogens
Phytoestrogens are found in many foods, especially soy and other legumes. You can also find them in seeds, nuts, berries and many vegetables, as well as a host of herbal products. If you have questions about phytoestrogens and how they may affect you, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor or a nutritionist.
There are also a wide range of available treatments for menopause symptoms. These include herbal supplements, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, and hormone replacement therapy. Click for more information on herbal treatments for menopause.
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