Perimenopause is a female condition characterized by reproductive and hormonal changes caused by a drop in estrogen levels.
Soybeans, also known as Glycine max, are a legume of the Fabaceae family. Known for their edible seed, soybeans are native to Southeast Asia with roots tracing back to the 11th century BC. Soy Isoflavones are the plant-based phytoestrogens, mainly genistein and daidzein, present in soybeans. By binding to estrogen receptors, the compounds have both estrogen-agonist and estrogen-antagonist properties. Soy Isoflavones have been used in the treatment of hormone-dependent cancers, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, menopause and diabetes.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in foods including fish (salmon, trout, sardines) and mushrooms (morel, chanterelle, oyster, shiitake), but more substantially from sun exposure, as the sun’s ultraviolet rays trigger synthesis.
Vitamin E encompasses a group of naturally-occurring fat-soluble compounds, including alpha-tocopherol used by the human body. It is a strong antioxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Vitamin E is found in plant-based foods including oils (wheat germ, sunflower, safflower, soybean), nuts & seeds (sunflower, almonds, peanuts), vegetables (beet greens, collards, spinach, pumpkin, asparagus) and fruit (mango, avocado).
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats absorbed through food including fish (mackerel, salmon, seabass), vegetable oils (flax oil, soybean oil), nuts (walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp). There are three main Omega-3 Fatty Acids: ALA also known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, EPA also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid. ALA is found naturally in plants, while EPA and DHA are found in fish. Omega-3 Fatty Acids maintain heart, vascular, lung, brain, immune and endocrine system health, while reducing inflammation.
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