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Side effects of menopause can be reduced by consuming fennel
Many women experience hot flashes, anxiety and other negative symptoms during their menopause. Researchers have now found that eating small amounts of fennel, for example in risotto, can reduce such effects.
The North American Menopause Society researchers found that fennel consumption appears to reduce the negative effects of menopause. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "Menopause".
Fennel has properties similar to estrogen
Fennel can help menopausal women reduce hot flashes and other negative effects. The plant has properties similar to estrogen and can reduce postmenopausal symptoms, the experts explain.
100 mg fennel twice a day reduce the side effects of menopause
Consuming a pinch of 100 mg fennel twice a day can reduce vaginal dryness, sleep problems, joint and muscle problems, exhaustion, irritability, anxiety and depression, the scientists say. On average, women suffer from menopause symptoms for about four years, but every tenth woman reports symptoms within a period of up to twelve years.
Experts are looking for alternatives to hormone therapy
The use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of menopausal symptoms has increased in recent years as women are looking for alternatives to hormone therapy, explains Dr. Joann Pinkerton of the North American Menopause Society.
Fennel contains chemicals similar to estrogen
Fennel, an herb with essential oils, has so-called phytoestrogenic properties. Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like chemicals in plants that have been used to treat a wide range of menopause symptoms.
What effect does menopause have on affected women?
Menopause leads to an increase in sex drive. The hormonal changes during menopause also favor the increase in fat deposits around the abdomen, hips and thighs, the researchers say. Menopause can also greatly affect women's energy levels. It is therefore not surprising that those affected have to take a nap more often. Menopause also reduces short-term memory. Hot flashes and sweating can also cause difficulty sleeping. About 61 percent of menopausal women suffer from sleep problems, the doctors add.
Fennel is a safe and effective form of treatment
For the study, 79 women aged 45 to 60 years received approximately 100 mg of fennel twice a day for eight weeks. Dr. Pinkerton and her team compared the improvements that occurred in fennel and placebo groups. Comparisons of the effects were made after four, eight and ten weeks respectively. The results showed that fennel consumption was a safe and effective form of treatment. A larger study is now needed to further investigate the benefits of fennel for postmenopausal women, the researchers concluded. (as)