Diet as therapy Menopausal symptom control

With fewer women taking hormone replacement therapy due to recent evidence, more women are looking for alternatives to control menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flushes. Several possibilities have been promoted for this, with a variety of depth of evidence.

Soy products contain estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones. These are converted in the liver to substances similar to selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) and have both agonist and antagonist activity at estrogen receptors. Intake of soy protein may therefore be helpful in the short-term (two years or less) treatment of hot flushes associated with menopause (evidence level C). Soy intake in the longer term may reduce serum cholesterol and protect against osteoporosis (evidence level C). Dietary soy intake may differ in biological activity from isoflavones in supplements (Table 3.2).2,3

Extracts of black cohosh contain triterpene glycosides, which have estrogenic activity. Black cohosh may be effective for short-term treatment of vasomotor symptoms (evidence level C). No studies have reported safety or efficacy beyond six months of use.3 Black cohosh may cause significant gastrointestinal side effects.2

Redclover contains isoflavones similar to those found in soy products. There is conflicting evidence as to whether red clover has any effectiveness in reducing menopausal symptoms.2 Vitamin E has also been suggested as an option for women with a history of estrogen-dependent cancers and who must avoid use of estrogenic substances.4 Chasteberry (also known as Vitex), evening primrose oil, dong quai, and wild yams have not been shown to have significant effect in reducing menopausal symptoms and should not be recommended for this

purpose.2

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