Favorite Phytoestrogenic Herbs
Black Cohosh Ginkgo Biloba Dong Quai Ginseng Red Clover Soy Vitex Macafem
Black Cohosh
Black cohosh grows in the woods of eastern North America
Ginkgo Biloba
Traditionally used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Dong Quai
Dong Quai is often referred to as "the female ginseng"
Ginseng
The Chinese word "rénshén" means "man root" in English
Red Clover
Originates from Asia, parts of Northern Africa, and Central Europe
Soy
Traditionally used in the Orient as a source of protein and medicine
Vitex
Vitex agnus-castus is also called chaste tree
Macafem
Originates from the Andean mountains of Peru

Favorite Phytoestrogenic Herbs

Almost everything we eat beans, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and roots contains phytoestrogens, plant compounds that are able to mimic estrogen when introduced into the human body. Navigating the endless lists of phytoestrogens can be a daunting task but there are a few that standout from the rest. Read on to learn about 5 well-known phytoestrogen favorites to help relieve symptoms of menopause.

Soy

An excellent source of protein, iron, calcium, phosphorous and dietary fiber, soybeans are often regarded as the healthiest way to prevent bad cholesterol, cancer and coronary artery disease. Soy products come in many forms from soy sauce to milk and cheese.

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh have isoflavones who help to relieve menopause symptoms.Although it’s not known exactly how this herb works, black cohosh is thought to contain isoflavones (a form of phytoestrogen) that bind to estrogen receptors in your body. It helps to relieve menopausal night sweats, depression, mood swings and regulate sleeping patterns. Because black cohosh has not been extensively studied, doctors recommend short-term use (6 months or less).

Dong Quai

Commonly known as the “female ginseng”, dong quai has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicines and is seen as the foremost herb for treating menopausal symptoms. In addition to containing vitamins E, A and B12, the phytoestrogens within dong quai work by binding to estrogen receptors in the body, thus increasing estrogen levels. This potent herb benefits menopausal women by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow which helps to alleviate vaginal dryness and reduce hot flashes.

Red Clover

Red clover relieve menopause symptoms and help fight osteoporosis.Lauded as the cure-all for menopause sufferers everywhere, red clover has shown to reduce mood swings, hot flashes and is believed to help fight the onset of osteoporosis. Studies done on red clover have shown that women that take a red clover supplement have a 44% decline in hot flashes over a period of several weeks.

Ginseng

A root of Native America, the Chinese and Koreans, ginseng is believed to help increase life span and improve vitality after frequent use. Favored as a medicinal herb, ginseng impacts the body on a hormonal level through the compound ginsenosides. Phytoestrogens in ginseng increase estrogen in the body while ginsenosides help to increase stamina and energy. For menopause sufferers, ginseng acts as an “energizer” used to treat mental well-being and has proven to relieve fatigue, nervousness and stress.

Understanding how phytoestrogens work and how they can help treat symptoms is important to the sufferers of menopause. Click here to read more information on phytoestrogenic herbs.

Sources:
• “The Health Benefits of Soybeans.” www.elements4health.com
• Barret J.1996.Phytoestrogens.Friends or Foes? Environmental Health Perspectives 104: 478-482
• “Herbal Supplements for Menopause.”Epigee Women’s Health.www.epigeee.org

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Macafem
Is an Andean plant regarded as one of the best treatments for menopause symptoms because of it boosts the endocrine system.
Dong Quai
Is an Asian plant that has been used for thousands of years to treat gynecological problems, blood disorders, and as a sedative.
Ginkgo Biloba
Is a popular and ancient Chinese herbal remedy used to improve circulation, mental performance, and menopause symptoms.
Ginseng
Is a root widely used by Chinese, Koreans and Native Americans as a preventative treatment and to increase vitality.
Soy
Is a healthy, low-fat source of protein and is used as treat menopause because of its high amount of phytoestrogens.
Red Clover
Is a variety of Clover with a high nutritional value and it's widely used as an immune-booster and menopause relief, but it has some side effects.
Black Cohosh
Is a phytoestrogenic herb from eastern North America and it is used as a supplement to treat several illnesses, including menopause symptoms.
Vitex
Used since roman times to help women with hormonal imbalances, but pregnant women should avoid it.
Which herb should women try? Today women are looking for relief from their menopause symptoms with herbs. Phytoestrogenic herbs and non-estrogenic herbs are good in relieving menopause symptoms, but recent studies show that non-estrogenic herbs have no side effects because they help the body to produce its own hormones instead of introducing hormones like the phytoestrogenic ones. Learn more about non-estrogenic herbs for menopause.
Favorite Phytoestrogenic Herbs