In this article I better present the phytoestrogens. A natural remedy to reduce the most common symptoms associated with menopause.
Phytoestrogens can make a useful contribution in menopause reducing the intensity and frequency of symptoms such as:
- Decrease in libido
- Desire to cry
- Hot flashes
- Muscular pains
- Articolar pains
- Mood swings
Did you know that currently with the average life span approximately a third of a woman's life is lived in menopause?
And you knew that only in West do women experience the most unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause? (we will soon see why).
Moreover, always in the West, women often experience menopause as if they were one disease.
- 0.1 IS THE MENOPAUSE A DISEASE?
- 0.2 INDIVIDUAL WOMEN'S UNIQUE (ALSO IN MENOPAUSA)
- 0.3 THE STAGES OF THE MENOPAUSE
- 0.4 THE DISORDERS OF THE MENOPAUSE: WHY DO THEY COMPARE?
- 0.5 THE STRANGE CAUSE OF HEAT VAMPATES
- 0.6 HOW TO DEACTIVATE THE HEAT VAMPATE WITH BREATHING
- 0.7 WHY DO ORIENTAL WOMEN HAVE LESS PROBLEMS WITH THE MENOPAUSE?
- 0.8 HORMONAL REPLACEMENT
- 0.9 POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF THE TOS
- 0.10 COST / BENEFIT REPORT OF THE TOS
- 1 WHAT ARE THE PHYTO-EXHIBITORS IN PRACTICE
- 1.1 WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY "ESTROGENO-SIMILAR"?
- 1.2 FOR WHOM IS A TREATMENT WITH PHYTO-TRANSLOCENTS SUITED?
- 1.3 THE PHYTOESTROGENS FOR A NATURAL TREATMENT OF THE SYMPTOMS OF THE MENOPAUSE
- 1.4 FOR HOW MUCH TIME DO THE PHYTOESTROGEN BE USED BEFORE SEEING A FEW RESULTS?
- 1.5 BENEFITS OF PHYTO-EXPLOREES
- 2 PLANTS THAT CONTAIN FITOESTROGENI
IS THE MENOPAUSE A DISEASE?
Doctors around the world invariably report how most women who start experiencing some of the typical menopausal symptoms get caught right awayanxiety...
They fear that it is the appearance of an illness.
That is, they often do not make an immediate association between specific symptoms that begin to experience and enter menopause.
Rather they start thinking ... my mom, and this is it! will be the heart, o it will be a bad disease!?
The entry into menopause is marked by the definitive interruption of the menstrual cycle. When the menstrual cycle no longer occurs from at least 12 months menopause is considered to have been reached.
This cycle interruption is an effect of the hormonal changes that take place in the body. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone the menstrual cycle stops.
All this is part of a natural process of maturation and change of female physiology, hence the menopause is NOT a disease.
INDIVIDUAL WOMEN'S UNIQUE (ALSO IN MENOPAUSA)
Every woman is only. So too his physiology ...
The onset and duration of these changes, as well as the intensity and frequency of the accompanying symptoms may be different in each.
For this reason also any therapies undertaken, both natural and hormonal, must be Custom as much as possible.
THE STAGES OF THE MENOPAUSE
Menopause conventionally covers three different stages:
1 STADIUM: PERIMENOPAUSE
La perimenopause (which literally means "around menopause") is the period of approach to menopause. Some typical symptoms begin to appear at this time.
Perimenopause is normally inserted in the period from the first 40 years to the 50 years with an average age of 47 years.
Of course there are also cases of premature menopause (before the 40 years) that need a dedicated medical investigation.
When a woman comes into perimenopause may begin to show classic symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Changes in consistency and color of menstrual blood
These symptoms are the effects of hormonal fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone. In perimenopause the female hormones begin to oscillate in a chaotic and unpredictable way.
Some lucky women can make one totally asymptomatic transition at menopause.
Some other women can experiment 1 or 2 years of symptoms within the perimenopause.
Other women can even spend 10 years in perimenopause before reaching menopause.
On average the stage of perimenopause lasts from 4 to 8 years.
2 STADIUM: MENOPAUSA
The actual menopause is conventionally considered to be reached later at least one year spent without menstrual cycle.
The time interval in which menopause is normally reached goes from the first 40 years to the last part of the 50 years.
On average, menopause is reached at the age of 51 years about.
3 STADIUM: POSTMENOPAUSA
Postmenopause is the whole period that passes from reaching menopause to the rest of life.
This is the period in which an average woman spends a third of her life.
In this phase i female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) attest to a stably low level.
These hormones therefore stop fluctuating in a chaotic way as they did in perimenopause and "settle down" for good.
Despite this stable reduction in hormone levels some typical symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, they can continue to present themselves for a long time to come.
THE DISORDERS OF THE MENOPAUSE: WHY DO THEY COMPARE?
The appearance of the characteristic symptoms of menopause is directly related to fluctuations and to fall in estrogen and progesterone levels.
Whenever these primary hormones do up and down the various districts of the body (including the brain) respond differently.
The body's response to the fall of these hormones produces all symptoms of menopause.
THE STRANGE CAUSE OF HEAT VAMPATES
There is a correlation between estrogen and hypothalamus (a region of the brain).
We know that with the decline in estrogen levels therehypothalamus tends to get smaller.
But one of the main functions of the hypothalamus is to regulate the response to ambient heat.
If the environment is too hot the body, thanks to the hypothalamus, puts in place cooling mechanisms like the sweating.
Researchers also think that part of its ability to lose hypothalamus is lost temperature self-regulation.
That is, this regulation center becomes more sensitive to environmental heat stimuli.
Just a warm room, a warm bed, etc. to unleash caldane and sweating.
HOW TO DEACTIVATE THE HEAT VAMPATE WITH BREATHING
When you sense that a hot flush coming up you can use breathing to turn it off at birth.
La diaphragmatic breathing or abdominal can help you.
Learn to breathe with the abdomen instead of the chest to bring the neurovegetative system into balance in favor of the parasympathetic.
The parasympathetic is that nervous circuit through which it is possible to relax. Abdominal breathing is one of the fastest ways to calm the mind and also disable caldane in the bud.
Go to the article and learn how breathe with the abdomen.
WHY DO ORIENTAL WOMEN HAVE LESS PROBLEMS WITH THE MENOPAUSE?
It seems that the oriental women have this luck ...
They go through menopause with less inconvenience and less stress.
This phenomenon could have a foundation related precisely to the phytoestrogens.
The diet of oriental women is richer in food, natural sources of phytoestrogens such as soy and its derivatives.
You can replicate the same effect using plants, juices and foods which provide the body with an alternative plant source of female hormones.
I'll introduce them to you shortly ...
The solution that allopathic medicine offers against the most severe symptoms of menopause is the use of hormones.
La TOS (Hormone Replacement Therapy), recently known as TO (hormonal therapy) or TOM (hormonal therapy for menopause) consists of the administration of hormones to combat the more severe symptoms of menopause.
Like all drugs, hormone replacement therapy also has potential harmful effects. Indeed, in general, hormones are more powerful than drugs, so ...
While hormones taken by drug therapy reduce the symptoms of menopause you must know that they also have negative potential.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF THE TOS
X] Problems cardiocircolatori
If the TOS is started too far in menopause it can lead to a worsening of cardiovascular health.
X] Breast cancer
Studies indicate that estrogen-progestin therapy increases the risk of breast cancer after about 5 years of treatment.
Systemic TOS has been shown to increase blood trigligerids.
This contributes to a worsening of the balance of blood fats and therefore of the health of the heart and arteries.
Unfortunately, even in this case, research indicates that oral hormone therapy increases the risk of ischemic episodes.
This risk increases for older women.
X] Venous and pulmonary thrombosis
Thrombosis is an occlusion of the passage of blood within the vessels due to a clot (Thrombus).
This risk also increases with age.
X] Cognitive impairment
Also in this case it seems that a greater risk of senile dementia is borne by the women who started the TOS later in the years.
Finally, hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of training calculations to the gall bladder and other diseases related to this organ.
RELATIONSHIP COSTS / BENEFITS OF THE TOS
At the cost of these possible adverse effects indicated above, hormone replacement therapy reduces the most intense symptoms of menopause.
In any case, the physician conscious of these risks is not only looking for the cocktail best at the lowest possible dosage to get benefits and minimize risks.
WHAT ARE THE PHYTO-EXHIBITORS IN PRACTICE
You have to know that in nature sometimes you find similar or even equal molecules in completely different places.
You know that in one study they seem to have even found the hormone estrone in pomegranate?!
The pomegranate is notoriously a super protective fruit especially for women. THE pomegranate benefits (link to article) I am an umbrella for women's health.
It is no coincidence that in this study it turns out that the pomegranate fruit (pomegranate) contains a female hormone: theestrone.
Sounds incredible, isn't it?
And estrone is one of the female hormones that is also used in cocktails of hormone replacement therapy (TOS) to reduce menopausal symptoms.
Well, the same estrone is also found in a juice of pomegranate juice!
Of course in this case the dosages will be minimal but the effects are still present.
And in the case of pomegranate we only have beneficial effects and no adverse effects.
The example I mentioned above of the pomegranate containing a female hormone is extreme. However similar examples also occur with other foods or medicinal plants.
Different plants and foods have a natural content of estrogen-like molecules which are called phytoestrogens.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY "ESTROGENO-SIMILAR"?
Estrogen-like molecules are similar to human or other estrogens capable of interacting with estrogen receptors which are widely distributed in a woman's body.
Hence the sense of using phytoestrogens to reduce the symptoms of menopause.
When in perimenopause the estrogens begin to oscillate lowering at intervals abruptly, there the phytoestrogenic action can help.
The phytoestrogens could continue to stimulate estrogen receptors replacing the female hormones that are less and less present.
In this way i menopause symptoms they could be reduced in intensity or resolved as if the hormones were partly still present.
I would say that it is worth trying, especially by acting in due time, before or during perimenopause. This will also increase the chances of success.
FOR WHOM IS A TREATMENT WITH PHYTO-TRANSLOCENTS SUITED?
In general, if you do not suffer from severe symptoms and / or if you are in the early stages of perimenopause or menopause, phytoestrogens may help you.
In fact, a woman should immediately consider a diet naturally richer in phytoestrogens, even before perimenopause.
That way it could to prevent effectively many of the most troublesome menopausal discomforts just like Eastern women do.
THE PHYTOESTROGENS FOR A NATURAL TREATMENT OF THE SYMPTOMS OF THE MENOPAUSE
Is it possible that phytoestrogens reduce menopausal symptoms in a similar way to drug therapy?
In the US, as early as 2003, 22% of women used alternative treatments to reduce menopausal symptoms1, including acupuncture, massage and phytoestrogens.
La allopathic therapy (of opposites) that uses drugs and hormones is undoubtedly powerful, but it also carries the disadvantages you have seen listed above.
Moreover, in most cases it simply deals with reducing symptoms and does not act upstream of the problem.
Indeed, it gets worse ...
There are many "enlightened" doctors who have understood how conventional medicine (and nutrition) is a sick factory. The medical system wants to keep us alive and sick so we can "cure" ourselves for as long as possible.
Hmmm ... I don't think so, in fact the more I go on the more I realize how reality always exceeds the most fervent fantasy.
La natural medicine it is also often referred to as sweet therapy.
It is sweet and therefore less violent than the use of drugs of any kind, but this should not be underestimated.
In general, except for cases that are more refractory to improvement, a treatment based on phytoestrogens seems a good natural alternative to relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Naturally, in order to fully enjoy the advantages of phytoestrogens, these should be included in thedaily food supplementation as soon as possible.
Also the continuity of use makes all the difference. Treatment interruptions can weaken the beneficial effects of phytoestrogens.
Note: trying phytoestrogens for two weeks or less doesn't make much sense.
FOR HOW MUCH TIME DO THE PHYTOESTROGEN BE USED BEFORE SEEING A FEW RESULTS?
30 days of continuous use should be exceeded (at the appropriate dosage) to begin to appreciate the benefits of phytoestrogens.
Trying a product based on phytoestrogens for just a couple of weeks makes no sense ... then inevitably it leads to say ... well they didn't do anything to me! do not work!
Give him time to act ...
Different action mechanisms have different response times.
Wait at least 30 days of continuous use to assess whether in your case the phytoestrogens bring you sufficient benefits. But possibly it would be better to proceed for a few months of use.
In a study2 that assessed the beneficial impact of flaxseed on the symptoms of menopause daily use (40g / day) of the seeds lasted 5 months.
As you can see in this study that I just mentioned, it was left to phytoestrogens time needed to act at most.
BENEFITS OF PHYTO-EXPLOREES
- They could protect against the onset of breast and endometrial cancer3
- Cardiovascular benefits: inhibit the formation of atheromatous plaques
- They preserve the bone and stimulate its mineralization4
- Lower cholesterol
Now finally let's see which are the most studied and effective plants for the phytoestrogenic effect ...
PLANTS THAT CONTAIN FITOESTROGENI
The red clover stands out on many plants with phytoestrogenic action due to its characteristics.
- It is one of the richest sources of phytoestrogens with its own 5g on 100g of substance.
- Its phytoestrogens possess one particular affinity for the beta receptor of estrogens, the one most represented in female tissues.
- Particularly interesting is its phytoestrogens present in active form (agliconica) as opposed to most others.
- Contains cumestrol, an 5 substance that is more powerful than other phytoestrogens.
- Her pharmacokinetics is better of soya because it reaches the peak of blood first and lasts longer.
- In some studies it has been shown to inhibit the aggregation of cancer cells5.
Let's move on to ...
SOYA (GLYCINE MAX L.)
We mean all varieties of soy: yellow, black, brown, green, etc.
- Contains phytoestrogens in glycosylated form that to be activated they need the "work" of the intestinal bacterial flora (which in order to do this must also be in good health)
- Contains saponins with cholesterol-lowering action
- Helps bone maintenance and mineralization
Let's move on to ...
HOP (HUMULUS LUPULUS L.)
A curious proof that hops works (which comes from harvesters)
Hops, or more precisely the dust that comes from the female inflorescences of the aspirated plant generates menstrual appearance 2 days after the harvest begins. Regardless of the time of the cycle.
Hops mainly express a particular phytoestrogenic molecule called 8-PN (8-prenylnarigenina) which has a high capacity to bind to alpha receptors of estrogens. What does this mean?
Many phytoestrogens, such as those derived from soy or red clover, have a specific affinity for the beta receptors.
Therefore, using hops together with the more classic phytoestrogens allows to take advantage of a synergistic action towards both estrogen receptors (both alpha and beta).
This creates a kind of total coverage of female tissues (both those richer in beta receptors and those richer in alpha receptors).
Furthermore, the estrogen receptor alpha receptors are more widespread in the nervous system (CNS). So some of the greatest benefits of hops are related toanxiety, mood swings and insomnia.
It helps to restore the correct night-wake cycle thanks to a natural stimulus of the production of melatonin.
Sage has also been shown to possess aestrogen-like action6 and reduce menopausal symptoms.
It acts positively on the phenomenon of hot flashes (reducing its intensity and frequency).
Moreover, it improves the quality of sleep reducing nocturnal awakenings.
POMEGRANATE (PUNICA GRANATUM)
Pomegranate is an extraordinary fruit, and in particular it is one of the most precious to preserve female health.
I pomegranate benefits they range from the antiobesity effect to the phytoestrogenic effect, from the antioxidant to the "descaling" arteries.
As indicated in one of the initial paragraphs it seems incredible but in the pomegranate they have even isolated theestrone7.
Estrone is one of the three main estrogen hormones together with 17-beta estradiol and estriol.
Pomegranate helps bone health protecting their loss during osteoporosis and facilitating the formation of new bone8.
It seems that it is also helpful to fight the depression in menopause9.
The pomegranate has been shown to have a modulating action of estrogen receptors with protective effects on the breast10.
In short, pomegranate for everyone but if you are a woman frequent use should be imperative. As a fresh fruit or pomegranate juice (but that is pure, organic and without added sugar).
For once, a product that is good for you is also delicious! (it almost never happens let's say the truth ...?)
BENEFITS OF PHYTO-TRANSLOCENTS (FURTHER INFORMATION)
To understand all the potential benefits of phytoestrogens just consider the list of menopausal symptoms that I included at the beginning of the article.
All these symptoms can be significantly reduced by phytoestrogens.
Phytoestrogens are therefore useful for menopause reduce the following symptoms:
- Palpitations > Improvement of autonomic parameters
- Decrease in libido > Improved libido
- Sweating > Reduction of excess sweating
- Anxiety > Mood improvement and calming action
- Dryness > Improvement of vaginal dryness *
- Desire to cry > Mood stabilization
- Muscular pains > Reduction of muscle pain
- Insomnia > Improvement of sleep quality
- Articolar pains > Reduction of joint pain
- Hot flashes > Reduction of hot flashes
- Mood swings > Mood stabilization
- Depression > Mood improvement
- Irritability > Mood improvement
- Headache > Headache reduction
Vaginal dryness finds a particularly rapid relief with the use of natural phytoestrogen gels for local applications.
Moreover, as we have already pointed out, phytoestrogens have shown their usefulness also for the cardiovascular health and for the solidity of the skeleton (bones).
Menopause is a complex event. But in this regard, nature offers one simple and natural solution to reduce the annoying symptoms: i phytoestrogens.
If the symptomatology is not so aggressive and tenacious as to justify a replacement hormone therapy (which also poses risks), then why not try a natural treatment based on phytoestrogens?
To obtain the maximum appreciable effect from phytoestrogens it is appropriate to continue for a month or more without interruption, to then continue ...
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