Can a Vegan Diet Reduce Menopausal Symptoms?


When women go through the menopause, they experience all sorts of physical and psychological complaints. From hot flashes to mood swings, the menopause can cause a great variety of symptoms, which can make day-to-day life more trying. Many women simply manage their symptoms by themselves in the best way they can, whereas others undergo hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. But there could be an unexpected treatment for the symptoms of menopause – a vegan diet.

Vegan Diet for Menopausal Symptoms

A 47-year-old menopausal woman from the UK, named Lorraine Palmer, who began experiencing menopausal symptoms at the age of 41, claims to have reduced all of them, simply by adopting a vegan diet.

After starting to experience symptoms, like hot flashes and insomnia, at 41 years old, Ms. Palmer, who was a fit and healthy person who regularly exercised, visited her doctor. She was told that she was going through the menopause, and offered hormone replacement therapy.

Instead of under-going the therapy, Ms. Palmer decided to research alternative treatments. She chose to take a more holistic approach, and started to analyze her diet. After late night internet research, she came across information about raw foods and veganism, and decided to try it.

She started by making fresh smoothies and juices, but eventually started making all of her own food. She cut out all animal products from her diet. Instead, she increased her intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and consumed mostly raw foods. She replaced fries for carrot sticks and meat pies for beetroot casserole. As her diet changed, she noticed a huge change. Her menopause complaints started going away.

Can a Vegan Diet Really Reduce the Symptoms of Menopause?

Studies have shown that a vegan diet can reduce some of the symptoms of menopause. A Women’s Health Initiative study, which included 17,473 women, found that menopausal women who ate a diet that was high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, but low in fat were much less likely to experience hot flashes and night sweats than the control group. The women on this diet were not undergoing HRT and they lost weight, whereas the control group only maintained their weight.

For women who do not want to depend on traditional medical treatments, like hormone replacement therapy, which can often have negative side effects, it seems that a vegan diet could be a good choice.