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Antioxidant-Rich Diets May Ease Menopause Symptoms

Menopause often comes with a range of symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and insomnia. A recent study suggests that women with diets high in antioxidants may be less likely to experience symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes.


Participants in the study included 400 postmenopausal women who lived in the southern part of Tehran. All of the women completed a 147-item food frequency questionnaire. Sociodemographic data and anthropometric measures such as body weight, height, AND waist circumference were collected.


The researchers calculated total dietary antioxidant capacity using the US Department of Agriculture database. Multivariable linear regression analyses found that dietary total antioxidant capacity was negatively associated with total Menopause Rating Scale scores. Higher dietary total antioxidant capacity was associated with la reduction in menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, sweating, sleep problems, anxiety, exhaustion, and difficulty concentrating.


Researchers from Tehran University of Medical Sciences conducted the study. It was published on June 7, 2018, in the journal Nutrition.


Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables, including berries, broccoli, tomatoes, grapes, and tea.

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