Menopause: Diet for Hot Flashes

Menopause: Diet for Hot Flashes
Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
Published in September 2005

Black Cohosh
Black cohosh is an herb used extensively in Europe for treating hot flashes. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports short-term use of black cohosh – up to six months – for treating symptoms of menopause. But the exact effects of longer-term use aren’t known. Studies are underway to determine the effectiveness and long-term safety of taking black cohosh supplements.

Soy
Soy contains phytoestrogens, an estrogen-like substances. In Japan, where soy foods are commonly consumed daily, women are only one-third as likely to report menopausal symptoms as in the United States or Canada. In fact, there is no word in the Japanese language for “hot flashes”. However, clinical trials have generally yielded unimpressive results. The safest approach is to incorporate whole soy products such as soy milk or tofu in you diet. Indeed, the North American Menopause Society in 2000 recommended that 40 – 80mg of isoflavones daily may help relieve menopausal symptoms – that is 1 – 2 servings of soy products.

Other common supplements for hot flashes:

-Vitamin E (400 – 800 IU)
-Dong Quai
-Wild Yam
-Evening Primose Oil

One Response to “Menopause: Diet for Hot Flashes”

  1. kate reilly Says:

    I am nearly 68 and still getting hot flushes

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