A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is known to benefit the body in many ways. Now, a new study suggests that it may also play a role in easing menopause symptoms.
Although hormone therapy has been proven to be an acceptable method for treatment of menopause-related symptoms for many women, the search for nonpharmacologic treatment options is ongoing, especially for women with certain risk factors and those who are not candidates for hormone therapy.
Specifically, there has been a focus on identifying modifiable lifestyle factors that might prevent or alleviate menopause symptoms.
Previous studies have suggested that dietary factors may play a critical role in estrogen production, metabolism, and consequently, menopause symptoms.
In particular, the consumption of fruits or a Mediterranean-style diet, characterized by a high content of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts, has been linked to fewer menopause symptoms and complaints.
This new study goes a step further in looking at specific fruits and vegetables and their effects on various menopause symptoms.
Overall, a higher intake of both fruits and vegetablles was associated with significanly lower physical symptoms.
Researchers concluded that, although some types of fruits and vegetables were tied to fewer menopause symptoms, a higher intake of others appeared to be associated with more urogenital problems.
Citrus fruits, for example, were called out as having a negative effect on urogenital scores compared with other types of fruits, as were green leafy or dark yellow vegetables.
This small cross-sectional study provides preliminary evidence that ruit and vegetable intake can incfluence menopause symptoms.
Source: Menopause, February 17, 2020.
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