Menopause is a life stage known for its many symptoms. The severity of menopause symptoms varies from woman to woman, but are generally unpleasant. Fortunately, certain foods, such as tofu, can help reduce the duration and frequency of symptoms.
Why Is Tofu Recommended during Menopause?
For years, tofu, made from fermented soybeans, has been a main component of the vegetarian diet, and is often used as meat alternative.
The main reason why tofu is so beneficial for menopause is because of the isoflavones that it contains. Isoflavones are plant-produced compounds that mimic estrogen in the body. Because a number of symptoms are caused by declining estrogen levels and fluctuating hormones, this can help stabilize the body's estrogen levels.
Because isoflavones act as estrogen, the hormones in the body don't fluctuate as severely. A woman's body during menopause suffers because the production of estrogen and progesterone increases and decreases wildly as the ovaries slow down hormone production. Balanced estrogen levels due to tofu consumption leads to less frequent hormonal fluctuations.
Relieves menopause symptoms
Some women find that menopausal symptoms decrease when they add tofu to their diet. Hot flashes may become less frequent and shorter. Tofu is also a great source of protein, and it's low in calories, so it can help reduce weight gain in menopausal women.
Prevents health issues
Hormonal balance not only improves a woman's quality of life during menopause, but can prevent more serious conditions during postmenopause. Tofu is a rich source of calcium which can help prevent osteoporosis. Balanced hormones also prevent breast cancer and some other gynecological issues.
Boosts energy levels
Tofu is an excellent source of iron, essential for energy levels. High energy levels are important during menopause to combat other symptoms like fatigue. If menopausal women have more energy, they will be able to exercise regularly, another way to improve health and reduce menopausal symptoms.
Tofu is just one type of food recommended during menopause. It's important to eat a well-balanced diet and lead a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce menopause symptoms and the risk of other serious disorders.
If you're ever concerned about your menopausal symptoms, consult a health professional. Click the one of the links below to learn more about other foods and exercises that can make the menopausal phase an easier one.
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- Martin, Raquel. The Estrogen Alternative. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2000.