In postmenopausal women, a low-fat vegan diet can lower severe hot flashes by 92 percent, according to a recent study.
The study was conducted by the Doctors Committee for Responsible Medicine and published in the Maturitas medical journal under peer review. 84 postmenopausal women who reported having two or more moderate-to-severe heat flashes per day were the subjects of this study.
Some were assigned to the intervention group, where they had to consume half a cup of cooked soybeans every day for 12 weeks while adhering to a low-fat vegan diet. The remainder, who were in the control group, continued eating as usual.
It was discovered that women who consumed a low-fat vegan diet consumed fewer advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These are substances found in food that mess with hormones.
“Eating meat increases the amount of hormone-disrupting advanced glycation end-products circulating in the body, which contributes to hot flashes,” said lead study author Hana Kahleova. “A low-fat vegan diet reduces intake of AGEs, improving hormonal balance and significantly decreasing hot flashes.”
The study found that AGE levels in animal products are often greater than those in plant-based diets. The levels of these in meat products tend to rise when it is grilled or cooked in other dry ways.
Those who have high amounts of AGEs in their body are more likely to be prone to oxidative stress and inflammation. These two have a history of causing heat flashes. The levels of estrogen in the body might also be affected by AGEs.
According to the study, 63 study participants provided accurate dietary and hot flash data. As a result, scientists found that the intervention vegan group’s dietary AGEs had decreased by 73%. In the control group, there was a seven percent rise in these.