Phytoestrogens for Menopause:  The 5 Best 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 Perú

Phytoestrogens for Menopause: The 5 Best Herbs

Phytoestrogens for Menopause:  The 5 Best HerbsAlmost everything we eat - beans, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and roots- contain phytoestrogens, plants capable of mimicking estrogen within the human body. But what are phytoestrogens and can they really help cure the agonizing symptoms of menopause? Read on to find 5 of the most common herbs that contain phytoestrogens.

1. 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. This helps to increase estrogen levels within the body. This powerful herb helps benefit menopausal women by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to relieve vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Also a mild sedative, it helps to reduce mood swings and stress.

2. Black Cohosh

Phytoestrogens for Menopause:  The 5 Best HerbsAlthough itīs not known exactly how it works, black cohosh is thought to contain isoflavones (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).

3. Ginseng

A root used by Native Americans, 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, as well as via the compound ginsenosides. Phytoestrogen increase estrogen in the body while ginsenosides help to increase stamina and energy. Women taking this herb report varying results. For sufferers of menopause, ginseng acts as an "energizer" used to treat mental well-being and has proven to relieve fatigue, nervousness and stress.

4. Red Clover

Touted as the cure-all for menopause symptoms, red clover has been shown to reduce mood swings, hot flashes and is thought to help combat osteoporosis. In studies on red clover in the Netherlands, women taking a supplement of the herb reported a 44% decrease in hot flashes over several weeks. Additionally, red cloverīs health benefits include lessening skin problems, treating cancerous skin wounds and boosting production of high density liproprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol.

5. Soy

Phytoestrogens for Menopause:  The 5 Best HerbsDerived from the soy bean, soy contains isolavones which help to relieve hot flashes and night sweats. Isoflavones, a class of organic compounds, have several beneficial health properties and may even fight disease. Good sources of soy include tofu, cooked soy beans and soy germ.

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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.
Phytoestrogens for Menopause:  The 5 Best Herbs