Menopause can be a difficult time for many women. It is a time that can be fraught with hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Except for hormone replacement therapy, there are few medical options for the management of this time in a woman’s life. This leaves us with natural remedies until the menopausal symptoms stop.
Juicing for Menopause
While there are no scientific research studies out there that prove juicing is beneficial for women experiencing menopause, there are plenty of anecdotal reports that show that drinking vegetable and fruit juices can help.
Menopause is, unfortunately, a time when many women gain weight and that can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks and stroke. By juicing, weight gain can be prevented and perhaps some weight can be lost. This may help to prevent some of these diseases.
Vegetable juices are believed to be the best options. Vegetable juices are low in sugar and calories and can be sweetened slightly be adding carrots to the mixture or by adding a small amount of fruit, like apples or berries, to the juice. This helps to make some juices more palatable and thereby, increasing the frequency of use.
Juices, especially carrot juices, have been found to be help prevent breast cancer, which reaches its peak right around menopause. Research has shown that the daily intake of carrots can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
In one study alone, it was found that woman who consumed raw carrots daily had a 5 to 8 times decrease in the risk of getting breast cancer when compared to women who did not consume any carrots.
The reasons for this are unclear but it is believed that the beta-carotene in the carrots is what prevents breast cancer. Other types of cancer, including lung cancer and colon cancer can also be prevented by the consumption of carrots.
Juicing and Constipation
Many menopausal women suffer from a slower metabolism leading to chronic constipation. When juices are made with a blender rather than with a juicer, the insoluble fiber remains. Peristalsis is increased and there will be a reduction in the symptoms of constipation.
The juices that work best for this are the vegetable juices that are naturally high in fiber when blended. Juices made from berries also have a high amount of insoluble fiber if they are blended so they retain the insoluble fiber in the juice.
Juices and the Prevention of Heart Disease
Women who have entered menopause have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease because of the loss of estrogen normally produced by the ovaries. Many juices are high in potassium, which lowers blood pressure and, therefore, puts less stress on the heart.
Carrot juice is particularly high in potassium and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure. Other vegetable juices contain potassium and other substances that protect against inflammation, which is believed to be related to getting heart disease.
Juices also aid in weight loss, which is also protects against heart disease. Weight loss can also reduce the risk of diabetes during menopause, which is another risk factor for heart disease.
Does Juicing Help Menopausal Symptoms?
There is no study showing that juicing helps reduce the hot flashes and night sweats but many women swear that juicing positively impacted their symptoms.
Juicing provides the body with excellent nutrition that is easily absorbed. This improved nutrition could explain why women in peri-menopausal suffer from fewer symptoms.
If you are experiencing menopause and want to try juicing to reduce your symptoms, try the vegetable juices over the fruit juices, as the fruit juices are higher in calories and cause fluctuations in blood sugar.
If you are suffering from constipation, use a blender rather than a juicer in order to retain the insoluble fiber that can alleviate constipation caused on by lowered metabolism.