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.
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Marjorie Nolan Cohn, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
A healthy diet that includes whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables, lean protein, heart healthy fats including omega 3 fats, low fat/nonfat dairy/dairy alternatives is ideal for any stage of life including menopause. Eating right, staying physical active (including strength training), and having a positive attitude are especially important during menopause to avoid unnecessary weight gain.