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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredDuring menopause, eat steamed and baked foods -- never fried. Eat calcium foods: root vegetables, dark greens, nonfat dairy foods. Eat cold-water fish like salmon and tuna, and add more soy foods, such as miso and tofu. Whole-grain fiber can reduce hot flashes. Fresh fruits and veggies also regulate estrogen levels and reduce mood swings.
Marjorie Nolan Cohn, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Plant-based foods that contain isoflavones (plant estrogens) work in the body like a weak form of estrogen. For this reason, soy may help relieve menopause symptoms, although research results are contradictory. Some may help lower cholesterol levels and have been suggested to relieve hot flashes and night sweats. Isoflavones can be found in foods such as tofu and soy milk.