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Fenugreek may improve menopausal symptoms

Fenugreek contains estrogenic isoflavones and diosgenin, a phytosteroid similar to estrogen.

Declining estrogen levels are the cause of menopausal symptoms. Earlier studies have found fenugreek may influence hormonal activity, leading doctors to believe it may have a beneficial effect on menopausal symptoms. In this study, 104 healthy women took 300 mg of fenugreek seed extract twice per day, or a placebo.

After 12 weeks, while the placebo group had not improved, those taking fenugreek seed extract saw significant reductions in menopausal symptoms including daytime hot flushes and night sweats, improvements in mood and irritability, and fewer physical and sexual symptoms.

 

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