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What is menopause?

Menopause is the phase in a woman’s life that marks the end of menstrual cycles, a time when estrogen levels decline. It is defined as being after twelve months without having a period. Menopause can occur between 40 and 50 years. In the UK, the average age is 51.

Menopause is a natural biological process and part of the natural ageing process. However, physical, psychological and emotional symptoms such as hot flushes, can alter sleep, decrease energy and effect emotional health and relationships. There are many effective treatments available from adjustments in lifestyle to hormone therapy.

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Which mushrooms have useful properties for menopause?

Reishi Hifas da Terra: useful properties


It has energizing properties, reduces stress levels and is a natural hormonal regulator
The Reishi is known for its adaptogenic capacity, being a powerful hormonal balancing mushroom.

On the other hand, many of the symptoms of menopause indicate an increase in the general inflammatory state, which is why Reishi has an important role due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacity.

Shiitake Hifas da Terra

Shiitake and Maitake

Help maintain the optimum weight and regulate blood sugar levels
Shiitake and Maitake help maintain ideal weight and control over cholesterol and blood glucose levels, often associated with menopause.

Cordyceps Hifas da Terra


Increases sexual libido and regulates hormonal alterations
The Cordyceps has always been considered by the TCM as the mushroom of excellence for the hormonal alterations of women useful in addressing problems of fertility but also supportive in the loss of libido. In addition, this is an energizing, aphrodisiac so it could be considered its additional use in case of menopause.

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Nutritional recommendations and general healthy habits for the maintenance of a good state of health

  • Consume an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D and if necessary supplements.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid excess alcohol and drinks with caffeine and salt.
  • No Smoking.
  • Maintain a weight within the norm according to the size and build.
  • Consuming foods rich in plant phytoestrogens such as soybeans, legumes … could help in the symptoms.
  • Eat a diet rich in antioxidants with abundant vegetables of all kinds, fruits…
  • Prioritize the consumption of fish, especially blue like sardines, horse mackerel, mackerel … in front of the meat.
  • Avoid processed products, sugars, sweets and pastries.
  • Avoid fried foods and refined fats, prioritizing the consumption of extra virgin olive oil when cold. Cook on the grill, cooked or steamed.
  • Do some physical activity several times a week, prioritize walking and avoid sedentary lifestyle.
  • Practice some relaxing activity that can help you balance emotions in this transition process such as taichi, yoga or meditation.
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