Whilst we don’t advocate choosing certain diets over others, as a rule, it’s absolutely true that some foods support the needs of our ageing bodies, better than others.
You might never have considered food as medicine, but menopause is the time to try a different approach.
Turmeric has many beneficial properties. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and great for digestive disorders. For menopausal women, its super-power lies in being ideal for supporting sleep. Use as part of a smoothie, or in a dark hot chocolate for a nurturing, gentle way to help ease insomnia.
Not just a pretty face, this fruit is FULL of skin supporting Vitamin C, keeping your immunity balanced and immune system stable.
Further to that, the juice in the seeds contain ellagic acid and punicalagin. According to Fitness magazine, the first is a polyphenol compound that fights damage from free radicals; the second is a super nutrient that helps your preserve your stores of collagen, the subdermal connective tissue that makes skin look smooth and plump.
Menopause can often cause issues with eyesight – flashing visual disturbances, sensitivity to light and decreased vision. Bilberry’s are amazing in that they help augment cell generation, primarily Rhopsodins, which are light sensitive cells present in the eyes.
They’re not easy to find but Bilberry tea can be found at many health food stores.
A study of menopausal women, published in 2007, showed that 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed into cereal, juice, or yogurt twice a day cut their hot flashes in half, and reducing the intensity of their hot flashes also dropped by 57%.
Try flaxseed for one week to see a difference
Fig Nutritional Benefits:
Figs are surprisingly brilliant for for many reasons – not least being high in fiber and a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (which promotes bone density), copper, and potassium (which helps lower blood pressure), as well as vitamins, principally K and B6.
The key point there is the calcium. A woman’s bone density drops rapidly from the menopause – the more you get, the better. The magnesium can can also help with sleep issues and low mood.
It has to be fresh, but pineapples are reported to have naturally pain killing properties – ideal for those starting to struggle with aches and pains, as well as conditions like arthriti
Depression and forgetfulness are key markers of the menopause. Oily fish that is high in DHA (docasal hexaenoic acid ) is key to help the building blocks of the brain work effectively, producing enough serotonin to keep depression, anxiety and memory issues at bay.
Try salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna, anchovies, and trout.