Menopause is characterised by a drop in oestrogen levels. This decline usually occurs during the late 40s. There different options available when it comes to menopause symptoms treatment including popular hormone replacement therapy (HRT). But as Dr Mosley noted there are people who can’t take HRT. Here’s a surprising drink that could also be a remedy for your symptoms.
Dr Mosley penned in his recent Daily Mail article about the benefits of drinking beer when going through menopause.
The doctor said: “The thinking is that beer is a good source of isoxanthohumol, a chemical produced by hops that has anti-inflammatory properties.
“This is converted by the microbes in your gut into a very powerful phytoestrogen, a plant-based version of the female hormone, oestrogen.”
Since menopause symptoms are linked to a drop in oestrogen levels, the doctor explains that this extra boost of phytoestrogens could reduce the uncomfortable symptoms.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low mood or anxiety
- Reduced sex drive
- Problems with memory and concentration.
Most people going through menopause will experience some of these symptoms.
Symptoms can be severe and affect your everyday life, the NHS notes.
Some of these are associated especially with the night-time and can leave you with little sleep.
The beer solution to the symptom problem is also backed by clinical research.
Researchers from Barcelona University looked at 37 post-menopausal women.
The participants were randomly told to drink half a pint of beer or a pint of non-alcoholic beer daily.
These women also had to undergo tests and fill out menopause-related symptom questionnaires.
The findings published in the journal Nutrients found that those who drank beer, doesn’t matter whether it was alcoholic or non-alcoholic, had “significant” improvements in their menopause symptoms.
The most common symptom reported in the trial was joint and muscular discomfort, which improved in 70 percent of the beer drinkers.
Physical and mental exhaustion as well as sleep problems were the following symptoms that saw improvement.
The study’s non-alcoholic beer drinkers also saw “significant reductions” in their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Dr Mosley added: “There are plenty of downsides to alcohol, so I wouldn’t recommend knocking back beers on the basis of this one small study.
“But what it does point towards is some of the potential benefits of eating foods rich in phytoestrogens.
“These include legumes, such as beans, peas, lentils and fermented soy products: tofu, tempeh or miso.”