Nutritionist Jane McClenaghan shares her nutritional insight on these ingredients and the specific benefits they provide for female health and women during the peri–menopause and menopause stages of life.
If there is one daily habit that I recommend to my clients at perimenopause, it’s to add flaxseed to their diet daily. Packed with phytoestrogens, a good source of fibre and full of plant-based omega 3, flaxseeds can be a beneficial ingredient for female hormone balance at this stage of life.
Linwoods Menoligna is a new product specifically targeted to help support women in menopause. It is an exciting combination of sprouted flaxseed, milled chia and quinoa with added marine source calcium and vitamins K2 and D3.
Here’s how it can help support female balance at menopause:
One of the most important benefits of adding flaxseed to your diet at menopause is its high concentration of phytoestrogens.
Flaxseeds are an essential source of a group of phytoestrogens called lignans. These plant-based balancers have been shown to have a modulating effect on oestrogen, so at perimenopause and menopause, when our body’s oestrogen levels are naturally reducing, they have been found to gently and safely optimise oestrogen levels without any adverse side effects.
Lignans have been well-researched for their health benefits at menopause, and a daily intake has been shown to help manage hot flushes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms.
Lignans are concentrated in the flaxseed’s outer shell, or hull, so it is important to have milled flaxseed to get maximum benefits. The sprouted form of flaxseed found in Menoligna is an excellent source of lignans.
Supporting healthy bones
Oestrogen and progesterone have a protective effect on bone density. Hence, as our levels of these hormones start to reduce at perimenopause, we have an increased risk of bone loss and the development of osteopenia and osteoporosis, so focusing on food to help to maintain healthy bones at this stage in life is vitally important.
Despite the hormonal changes at menopause, nutrition and lifestyle can help to maintain healthy bones and help prevent our risk of developing osteoporosis.
Of course, we know that calcium is one of the key nutrients to support bone density. Still, it works in synergy with a whole range of other nutrients, including magnesium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D3, to help maintain the health of normal bones.
Linwoods have added a marine source of calcium to Menoligna and K2 and D3 to help support calcium absorption in this product.
Using sprouted flaxseed as the key ingredient also helps to optimise the absorption of minerals by reducing the anti-nutrients phytate and oxalate. These are naturally occurring ingredients that can inhibit calcium absorption.
Cholesterol and cardiovascular support
As we approach menopause, our risk of cardiovascular disease increases as hormone levels change and we lose the cardioprotective effects of oestrogen and progesterone.
The combination of nutrients found in Menoligna, including the omega 3 fat ALA from sprouted flaxseed and chia, magnesium, B vitamins and antioxidants, has been shown to help maintain and support cardiovascular function and normal cholesterol levels.
Energy and mood
B vitamins, magnesium and coQ10 are key nutrients for energy production, and you will find all these in your daily intake of Menoligna.
Adding flaxseed to your diet may also help support better blood sugar balance, reduce insulin resistance and help with energy levels, mood and even weight management.
A daily habit
When it comes to nutrition, little daily habits make all the difference. Of course, there is no such thing as a quick fix, a magic bullet or a cure-all, but considering the powerful effects of food on your hormones during peri-menopause and menopause, adding Menoligna to your daily diet is worth trying.
How to incorporate Menoligna into your daily routine?
- Add a spoonful to your porridge, overnight oats or morning yoghurt at breakfast.
- At lunchtime – keep it handy to sprinkle on soups or salads.
- At dinner, stir into curry or chilli, or sprinkle on top of steamed vegetables.