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I’m Charlotte, founder of Mena-pause.com, a food company that harnesses the power of nature to create a healthy and nutritious range of menopause-friendly food. As a scientist and keen herbologist, I want to allow women to easily incorporate plant oestrogen-rich foods and beneficial botanicals into their diet, and bring women natural relief from unwanted symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause.
Charlotte Blackler, Founder
When you go through menopause, normally between the ages of 45-55 years, you lose your fertility, as a result of changing hormone levels. As your body’s oestrogen decreases, it brings a range of physical changes. These can include an increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and decreased levels of calcium which can cause a risk of osteoporosis, anxiety, mood swings, hot flushes, night sweats, joint pain, bladder issues, insomnia, changes to heart rate, changes to hair and skin, and poor concentration levels and weight gain. So ensuring you are eating a diet that is both balanced and healthy is sensible at this stage, and can help to ease and offset some of the problematic symptoms.
Menopause in countries
There are cultural differences in how menopause is experienced by women across the globe. In Japan and Asia, women appear to suffer fewer adverse menopausal symptoms. They also statistically have a lower incidence of heart disease, osteoporosis, and some cancers, which has prompted research into the difference that diet is making.
Do plant oestrogens help menopause?
Japanese women eat greater levels of plant oestrogens or phytoestrogens which are naturally found in a vegetable and soy-rich diet. So what can we learn? Are plant oestrogens or phytoestrogens good for menopause?
Many women have reported dietary and lifestyle changes can help ease the worst symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Although Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can also help many, some women choose not to or others cannot take HRT. Phytoestrogens or plant oestrogens are natural substances which have the same chemical receptors as human oestrogen and can help reduce some of the worst symptoms of menopause.
At Mena-pause.com we work in harmony with the natural world, selecting the finest ingredients to make it easy for women to incorporate oestrogen-rich foods and snacks into their daily diet.
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