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Using Berries to Treat Hot Flashes during Menopause

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The menopause transition comes with a variety of symptoms, one of the most prominent of which is hot flashes. Naturally, there are a variety of potential options for relief. Changing diet and lifestyle habits has been shown to significantly affect the frequency and duration of menopausal symptoms. So, what types of food should you be eating?

About Berries

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Berries is a term used to describe a wide variety of fruits from all over the world. Biologically, fruits as diverse as grapes, tomatoes and eggplant are technically part of the berry group. However, by that same definition, neither strawberries nor raspberries are technically berries.

The main 'berries' used for menopausal problems are:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries

What are Hot flashes?

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Hot flashes are a common symptom of the menopause transition. They generally occur because of hormonal imbalances, particularly declining estrogen levels. Lack of hormones can lead to incorrect stimuli on the hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating body temperature. This can lead to the body thinking its too cold and deciding to raise the internal temperature, causing a hot flash. When this occurs at night, it is called a night sweat, due to all the sweat the body produces to cool down when it realizes its overheating.

Which Berries are Best and Why?

Studies have shown that one of the best ways of treating hot flashes is with vitamin C, which berries have in abundance. There has also been some speculation that antioxidants in berries could help alleviate menopausal symptoms, as well as reduce heart health risks

Strawberries

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One cup of strawberries contains as much of vitamin C as in a glass of orange juice. Helping tissue and our immune system, it goes a long way to helping the body function properly.

Blueberries

These fruits are similarly good for increasing your vitamin C levels. However, the amount you get from them is significantly less than what you find in strawberries. In exchange, blueberries have incredibly high levels of antioxidents.

Raspberries

Raspberries, aside from their vitamin C content, are also known for their strong anti-inflammatory properties.

More Information

There are a variety of other possible lifestyle and diet changes that can improve or alleviate menopausal symptoms. For more information about these and other possible hot flash treatments, click on the following link.

If at any time you are concerned about your hot flashes, or they become severe, talk to your doctor.

Why Do I Have Hot Flashes After I Eat?

Hot flashes may be caused by consuming certain types of food. Read on to learn about foods that can trigger a hot flash episode.

Hot Flashes and Chills

Hot flashes and chills can have a greater impact on daily life. Keep reading to learn more.

Hot Flashes during Pregnancy

Although hot flashes are typically associated with menopause, hot flashes during pregnancy are also common.

Sources:
  • Sikon, Andrea and Holly Thacker M.D. "Treatment for Menopausal Hot Flashes". Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. July 2004: 71 (7).
  • "Hot flashes ... in January". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2004: 170 (1).
  • Miller, Heather and Rose Maria Li, M.D. "Measuring Hot Flashes: Summary of a National Institutes of Health Workshop". Conference report. Mayo Clinic. June 2004: 79.