The phytoestrogens found in soy and lignans are estrogen-like, plant-based chemicals used to relieve the symptoms of menopause naturally, states Healthline. Phytoestrogens bind with estrogen receptors found on body tissues and exert weak estrogenic effects.Continue Reading
Soy contains phytoestrogen compounds called isoflavones, explains Healthline. Isoflavones help reduce the risk of certain cancers; reduce blood lipid levels; prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis; reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes; and help prevent weight gain after menopause. Lignans are phytoestrogen compounds found in fiber-rich foods such as flaxseed and sesame. They are associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in women and may help improve blood lipid profiles in menopausal and postmenopausal women.
Scientific evidence suggests that chasteberry may relieve breast tenderness, notes Healthline. St. John's wort can be effective in treating mood disorders and depressions related to menopause, according to Women’s Health. Black cohosh was thought to be an effective treatment for hot flashes but recent studies disprove this theory.
A healthy diet with sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D, weight-bearing aerobic exercise, strength training and yoga may help control symptoms, according to WebMD. Avoiding spicy foods, red wine and hot drinks may ease hot flashes. Pilates, deep abdominal breathing and acupuncture can help relieve stress.Learn more about Women's Health