Before menopause, women are protected against a number of diseases by oestrogen such as heart disease and osteoporosis. The changes that occur during menopause due to the loss of oestrogen can increase the risk of gaining weight, heart disease and bone weakness.
How Seaweed Can Help:
1. Weight gain.
With the hormonal changes of menopause & the natural ageing process, women often lose muscle and gain fat.
- Seaweeds are one of the best natural sources of iodine. Iodine plays an important role in regulating your metabolism, which in turn can prevent you from gaining weight.
- For more information on how seaweed can encourage weight loss, see this blog.
2. Heart Health.
During menopause, a woman’s risk of getting heart disease goes up to the same level of a man of the same age.
- Seaweeds are high in potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure
- Brown Seaweeds, like as Kelp and Alaria, contain Fucoidan, a powerful compound which works in the same way as Heparin, to prevent blood clots.
- We recently wrote a blog describing these fantastic benefits in detail.
3. Bone health.
From the age of about 35, there is a slow loss of calcium from the bone in both men and women. During menopause, this calcium loss increases because of the loss of oestrogen. In time, the bones can become weak and break easily which can increase your risk of fracturing a bone such as your hip or wrist.
Seaweeds are particularly high in bone-benefiting nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Although these nutrients are beneficial to everyone, they are particularly important for women to take during this time of change.
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If you're looking more information on nutrition during menopause, the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) has prepared an excellent factsheet, accessible here.