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​ Seaweed As A Menopause Treatment

Thinking about adding some seaweed to your diet? Well, studies say this might be a beneficial addition for menopausal women (and might go some way towards explaining why women in Asian countries report less severe menopause symptoms), since it contains compounds that favorably alter estrogen.

Per the study, "Seaweed favorably alters estrogen and phytoestrogen metabolism and these changes likely include modulation of colonic bacteria." They did also note the high levels of 'good' soy in the diet may also be a contributing factor. It is also important to note that they mention the link between gut bacteria and our overall health. The study was small, done on 15 women, over seven weeks, using a study group and a control group who took maltodextrin. They gave the women an Alaria seaweed supplement, which is something that can be ordered online or bought from health stores. Alaria (Alaria esculenta) is a brown seaweed species usually found ten to thirty or more feet below the high tide line in the sub-tidal zone. In North America, Alaria is often known as winged kelp, and the Latin name Alaria esculenta literally translates as ‘edible wing’. Alaria is rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. It also contains vitamins; notably vitamins A, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and C (ascorbic acid). Alaria is a good source of dietary fiber and it has a respectable protein content…about 12% in the dried product, the most of any brown sea vegetable.