Menopause can cause a whole lot of trouble for our mothers. And hot flashes and mood swings are the two biggest woes when it comes to an end of her reproductive era. But we can help our mums for sure by making them eat seasonal fruits and veggies.
Do you know, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may lessen various menopause symptoms?
Yeah, it’s true. Read more to know-how.
Dietary treatment for menopause
The study, published in the journal Menopause, said although hormone therapy has been proven to be an acceptable method for treatment of menopause-related symptoms, finding new dietary treatment options, especially for women who face higher risk from hormone therapy has been an active area of research.
According to researchers from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) in the US, there has been a focus on identifying modifiable lifestyle factors that might prevent or alleviate menopause symptoms.
They said previous studies have suggested that dietary factors may play a critical role in estrogen production, metabolism, and menopause symptoms.
Assessing these studies, the scientists said, the consumption of fruits or a Mediterranean-style diet, characterized by a high content of vegetables, fruits, cereals, and nuts, is linked to fewer menopause symptoms and complaints.
According to the researchers, while some subgroups of fruits and vegetables had an inverse association with menopause symptoms, a higher intake of other subgroups appeared to be associated with more urogenital problems.
Having said that, citrus fruits might not be the right choice
Citing an example, they said citrus fruits may have an adverse effect on urogenital scores compared with other types of fruits.
A similar effect may arise from green leafy or dark yellow vegetables compared with other vegetables, the scientists added.
“This small cross-sectional study provides some preliminary evidence regarding the influence of fruit and vegetable intake on menopause symptoms,” said Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director.
“There is ample evidence that a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables has a beneficial effect on health in a myriad of ways, but additional study is needed to determine whether various menopause symptoms may be affected by dietary choices,” Faubion said.
We know it’s a toughie to crack with our mums but if we won’t do that then who will. So, even if she says no to your advice just keep persuading her with love, patience, and veggies.