Diet in Menopause / Andropause

Menopause

Women going through menopause should make sure to get enough calcium and iron, as well as fibre.

Plant based foods that contain isoflavones (plant estrogens) work in the body like a weak form of oestrogen and may even relieve menopausal symptoms. Some may lower cholesterol levels and have been suggested to relieve hot flashes and night sweats.

Isoflavones can be found in whole grains and beans and also available in supplement form.

There are also certain foods that are best avoided as they can trigger menopausal symptoms. These include spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol.

Andropause (male menopause)

Even though there is a lack of testosterone during andropause, men can choose some healthy options to improve or reverse the effects of andropause in their lives.

This would require small changes in diet such as eating lean meat, red meat, chicken, salmon, and fish can increase the production of testosterone. Some of the vegetables that are also good for testosterone production are beans and soy protein.

In addition, quitting bad habits like smoking or drinking will be of particular benefit.