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Estrogen is critical for a woman’s body, especially since it governs the reproductive health of a woman. From regulating periods to ensuring the healthy functioning of the uterus and breasts, estrogen is needed for everything. Therefore, its deficiency can be problematic, especially in adult women who are about to reach menopause.
Menopause is inevitable, but some of its symptoms can be very troublesome. Hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, vaginal dryness, anxiety can haunt a woman approaching menopause. That’s because during menopause, a woman’s body experiences a major drop in the levels of estrogen. That’s why it becomes important to keep the levels of this hormone up, and it’s better to do it naturally.
How can you do that? Well, with the help of some estrogen-rich foods.
Here are six estrogen-rich foods that you should ask your mum to eat during menopause
“All these foods that I’m going to recommend to you today for your mom are dense in phytoestrogens. These foods help in maintaining the level of estrogen in the body so that your mum can deal with the grave symptoms of menopause gracefully. So, make note of them, and don’t forget to include them in her diet,” says dietician, Rizwana Sayed from Apollo Clinic Pune.
Consume sesame, flax, and sunflower seeds; try to ground them and eat. This will ensure you stay healthy during menopause. These seeds tend to have an oestrogenic effect and are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. If you think that consuming them is becoming a task, then try mixing these seeds to atta and make chapatis out of it. You can also use their powder in pulses etc.
Fruits are a rich source of fibre, and also help with the overall functioning of your body. Eating fruits such as peach and berries are great to maintain your estrogen levels, but don’t go overboard as they have large quantities of natural sugar.
Make walnuts a part of your mum’s daily diet. That’s because walnuts help to enhance the functioning of your brain, and also maintain cognitive behaviour. Similarly, you can also opt for pistachios, but again don’t overdo then as they are packed with calories.
This is another great choice for your mum during menopause. Eating kale and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli can help to improve your mum’s estrogen production.
Chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts contain phytoestrogens and a high amount of protein, which eventually helps to increase estrogen levels in the body.
Soyabean is a rich source of phytoestrogen, known as isoflavones. For the uninitiated, tofu has the highest isoflavone content of all soy products. Do you know that tofu also helps in the prevention of breast cancer?
So ladies, we hope you took a note of all these foods. Now, grab your shopping bag, and get all these estrogen-rich foods for your mum!