Coping with work, family, economic downturns and stress – women in midlife pull off quite a high-wire act each day. Menopausal symptoms can just make coping harder. Loaded with healing nutrients, try some yams to help balance hormonal symptoms.
1. Helping hormonal stability. Research has found that postmenopausal women who ate yams twice a day for 30 days increased their estrogen and other hormone levels by as much as 27%. Yams specifically help raise levels of two forms of estrogen: estradiol and estrone. This hormonal boost not only helps balance menopause’s aggravating symptoms like hot flashes and irritability, but helps women ward off menopausal diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer.
2. Flexing powerful phytoestrogens. Yams’ power may be due to high levels of diosgenin, a unique phytoestrogen, or plant-derived compound that mimics estrogen. In fact, diosgenin from yams is so important, it is a key ingredient in natural pharmacy-compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which mimics the body’s own hormones.
3. Antioxidant vitamin C. Yams have a bumper crop of vitamin C, highly effective in combating midlife hot flashes. Studies show that vitamin C has an 88% success rate in cooling down those sweaty menopausal symptoms. Because it is an anti-inflammatory, vitamin C is also your ally against osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer and depression—all exacerbated by inflammation.
4. Choose yams, not sweet potatoes. Most yams sold in the US are actually sweet potatoes. A member of the same vegetable family as pumpkins and butternut squash, true yams are white inside, while the interior of sweet potatoes is golden.
Improve your hormonal balancing act with our Curry Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato and Peas. Its mellow deliciousness will give you renewed strength and energy.
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