For immediate release: 21 February 2017
Plant oestrogens: an essential guide
Research shows that if eaten regularly, plant oestrogens may have oestrogen-like effects on the body. In the UK, the average daily intake of plant oestrogens is low. So many women try to eat more plant oestrogens, or take phytoestrogen supplements, to ease their menopausal symptoms. But can this help â€“ and, if so, how much do you need?
In the Winter 2016-17 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, consultant dietitian Angie Jefferson looks at the role of plant oestrogens in the management of the menopause. She discusses the scientific evidence, which foods are high in plant oestrogens (and how much you need to eat) and whether phytoestrogen supplements work.
â€śSome women find that eating more phytoestrogen-rich foods, or taking supplements, helps to ease their menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats,â€ť says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. â€śBut itâ€™s important to choose the right foods and make this a long-term lifestyle change, as it can take two or three months to see any benefits.â€ť
The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It provides impartial, easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top medical experts, such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, complementary practitioners etc.
Other articles in the Winter 2016-17 newsletter include coming off HRT, the menopause at work and vaginal dryness, as well as recent news, Ask the Experts Q&As and details of talks by Norma Goldman.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: Premature menopause; Insomnia at the menopause; Less common menopausal symptoms; Going on HRT; CBT and mindfulness at the menopause; The menopause: a partners guide; Menopause consultations; Vitamin D; Thyroid problems.
3. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman. Norma has a pharmacy degree and a Masterâ€™s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace including hospitals, women and womenâ€™s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, companies and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Masterâ€™s degree in Science Communication.
4. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
5. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.