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Phytoestrogen and Menopause – Natural Hormones for Menopausal Symptoms!

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

What is Phytoestrogen?

Phytoestrogen is coined from two words, ‘Phyto” which is a Greek word that means plant, and Estrogen is a female hormone that regulates functions in both women and men. Phytoestrogens are plant-based, however, they function much like animal estrogen in humans. When we ingest phytoestrogens, our bodies may respond as if they were produced in our bodies. Today I want to share with you how phytoestrogen can be beneficial during menopause and the food we can find them in.

How can Phytoestrogen help Women?

With a few limitations, phytoestrogens may serve as a kind of natural hormone replacement therapy. Phytoestrogen supplements have been successfully used for the same purpose. Since phytoestrogen mimic’s your body’s own estrogen, they can accomplish some of the same things. Other potential benefits of phytoestrogens include:

Hot Flash Off!

Studies show that phytoestrogens reduced hot flashes. Some recent studies have also concluded that there is a positive effect on hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms.

Osteoporosis relief in women

studies have also shown that phytoestrogens may help prevent bone loss in aging women. Naturally, derived estrogen is known to help maintain normal bone density. Estrogen level drops with age making them more vulnerable to osteoporosis.


Phytoestrogen is used in several remedies for relieving menstrual issues and in a few cases even menstrual irregularities.

Acne No More

Treating acne with phytoestrogens may also be possible. The whole philosophy around estrogen counters androgens (male hormones), which can contribute to acne in women.

For more details, check out this article on The Menopause Itch! – Types of Itch and how to prevent it

What foods and herbs contain phytoestrogens?

Several plants and plants – based foods contain phytoestrogens. Here are a few sources that contain a significant amount of phytoestrogen!

  • Cimicifuga racemosa (Remifemin)

  • Red clover (Promensil)

  • Broccoli

  • Soy-based food (tofu, tempeh, miso, soymilk)

  • Carrot

  • Evening primrose

  • Legumes (beans, peas, peanuts)

  • Oranges

  • Tea

I personally prefer to go natural; it may be a bit slow and must be made a habit or rather a lifestyle modification but going natural helps with the unwanted side effects that come with conventional hormone replacement therapy. Always ask a naturopath or a lifestyle coach for a better understanding of how these natural remedies may work for you. Until next week, stay amazing!


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