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Updated: Apr 9, 2022

Foods for menopausal symptoms

Recently, I was asked a great question, and one that I get often as a primary care physician: “What foods could potentially alleviate menopausal symptoms?”. Women, this one’s for you, but men, stick with me cause your wives, moms and daughters are counting on you.

Although menopause can reek havoc on a women’s physical and mental health, this particular person was inquiring specifically about vasomotor symptoms, also called hot flashes or “flushes”, where sudden blood vessel dilation causes a rapid increase of heat-generating blood flow to the skin. This bothersome symptom can affect up to 75-80% of post-menopausal women, but I’m happy to inform those affected that there are some options other than meds. Let’s address menopausal hot flashes in more detail.

What is menopause?

Menopause is the medical condition describing women who haven’t had menstrual periods in more than 12 months. It’s a normal biological process, and the average age of those affected is 51. Peri-menopause, seen in the months and even years before menopause, can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms including irregular periods, hot flashes, sleep and mood disturbances and vaginal dryness, just to name a few. These symptoms are caused by the sudden drop in estrogen levels that happens when ovulation and menstrual periods stop.