The herbal remedy fenugreek could help reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women, and improve their quality of life, according to new evidence.

Data published in Phytotherapy Research indicated that hot flashes decreased by 48% in women taking a standardised extract of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum). Other benefits of the herb were improved, including vaginal dryness, irritability, anxiety, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, and headaches, wrote the researchers.

According to the researchers: “Supplementation of 1000 mg of FHE [fenugreek extract] for 90 days was found to offer hormonal balance by significantly enhancing the estradiol levels, an estrogen that was shown to play a key role in menopausal discomforts. A significant enhancement in serum calcium and Hb [iron] levels was also observed among the subjects who consumed FHE.

“Moreover,” they add, “FHE supplementation for 90 days was found to be safe with no adverse effects as shown by the haematological and serum biochemical parameters.”

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