At the onset of the menopause,aslevels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone fall, a variety of physiological changes take place in a woman’s body. A ‘good diet’, together with regular exercise, is vital at this time of change and it is important to ensure intake of nutrients to support bone, cardiovascular and hormonal health. The blood vessels are particularly sensitive to the hormonal variance and can result in discomforting hot flushes. These are apparently more acute for a ‘western’ based contemporary diet whereas many on traditional oriental diets are not as prone. The particular foods that reduce hormonal triggers, or conversely foods that cause a greater sensitivity, have not been clearly identified but higher fish intake in the Asian diet might be protective.
A high vitamin D3 supplement can help maintain bone health. Beta glucans and omega 3 can be used to support cardiovascular health, as well as taking steps to ensure triglycerides and homocysteine metabolites are low. Phytonutrients such as fermented isoflavones may also help promote general health through the menopause. Sage is used to reduce vascular dilation and inhibit hot flushes.