Fennel Reduces Symptoms of Menopause Safely
Hot flashes. Mood swings. Night sweats. Difficulty sleeping. Most women nearing menopause—and people close to them—recognize the signs and symptoms of this normal phase of life. New research published in the journal Menopause suggests fennel can relieve symptoms of perimenopause without adverse side effects. Fennel has a licorice-like flavor and all parts of the plant—bulb, stalk, leaves, and seeds—are edible.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which may be used to reduce symptoms and preserve bone health in peri- and postmenopausal women, has a number of harmful side effects—including an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Therefore, many women turn to complementary and alternative—often plant-based—medicine for relieving menopause symptoms. For this new study, which involved 90 women between the ages of 45 and 60, one group was given capsules containing 100 milligrams of fennel twice per day for a period of eight weeks and the other group was given a placebo.
According to researchers, fennel effectively reduced bothersome symptoms of menopause, without causing side effects. More studies are needed—this randomized, triple-blind trial—was one of the first clinical trials developed to evaluate the effects of fennel in menopausal women.
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