Fennel reduces menopausal symptoms

Fennel, the licorice-flavored herb, has phytoestrogens that effectively treated menopause symptoms in earlier studies. In this study, 59 women within the first five years of menopause took 100 mg of fennel twice per day or a placebo.

After eight weeks, while the placebo group had not improved, women taking fennel saw menopause symptom scores cut in half, from 20 to 9.35, on the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). The MRS considers symptoms including anxiety, depression, fatigue and irritability, as well as sweating, hot flashes, heart complaints, sleep disorders, and joint, muscle, urinary, and sexual symptoms. An MRS score of 44 means the most severe symptoms, and a score of zero is no symptoms.


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