According to Healthline, When a woman enters middle age, typically between the ages of 45 and 55, her body goes through a natural transition known as the menopause. Fertility decreases or stops altogether, and menstruation stops. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness are just few of the menopause symptoms that can disrupt a woman's life and make it difficult to do daily tasks.
Yam, a root vegetable high in starch that is popular in many parts of the world, has being investigated as a potential natural treatment for menopausal symptoms. Because of its rich nutrient content, yam has been used medicinally by multiple cultures for generations.
This article will discuss the evidence regarding yam's usage as a natural treatment for menopausal symptoms, as well as the potential effects of yam on women going through the menopause.
Webmd identifies yam as a starchy root vegetable native to both Africa and Asia, and a member of the Dioscorea family. It is grown and consumed widely all across the world, particularly in the tropics and subtropics. More than 600 varieties of yam exist, with white, yellow, and purple varieties dominating the market.
Yam is packed with nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and several minerals. It's a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and the B vitamins. Yam is rich in antioxidants, which are chemicals that help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.
In addition to its nutritional importance, yam has long been used as a traditional medicine in a number of different cultures for the treatment of conditions like diarrhea, asthma, and inflammation. This plant has been used to treat hot flashes and night sweats, two frequent menopausal problems.
Will eating yam help with menopause discomfort?
Some studies have found that eating yam can help with menopause symptoms. The effectiveness of yam as a natural treatment for menopausal symptoms has been the subject of numerous studies, with conflicting results.
In 2002, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study investigating the effects of yam on menopausal symptoms in a sample of perimenopausal women. the study found that yam helped reduce menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats.
Similar results were found in a 2008 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which found that yam reduced hot flashes and improved sleep in postmenopausal women.
However, not all studies have found that yam is effective for alleviating menopausal symptoms. A review of the available evidence conducted in 2009 by the Cochrane Library concluded that yam did not reduce the frequency or severity of menopausal hot flashes.
Whether or not yam is helpful in reducing menopausal symptoms remains unclear; further research is needed in this area.
How much yam should I take to ease the discomfort of menopause?
Recommendations on how much yam to take to alleviate menopausal symptoms are all over the place. Menopause dose may vary from person to person according on the severity of their symptoms.
When starting any new medicine, including yam, it's important to see a doctor to determine the appropriate dosage and assess any potential side effects.
Is there anything harmful about using yam to treat menopause symptoms?
It is generally accepted that yam is safe for human consumption. Unfortunately, because yam supplements and other forms of yam products have not been well researched, nothing is known about the potential hazards and side effects of using them.
Yam supplement users may encounter rare negative effects, such as itching skin and difficulty breathing, but these occurrences are uncommon. If you have any bad effects while taking yam supplements or utilizing other yam products, you should stop using them immediately and see a doctor.
In addition, yam may have an adverse interaction with certain medications, including those used to treat low blood sugar and to thin the blood. If you are using any form of medication, including supplements, you should talk to your doctor before starting yam.
Menopause is a physiological change that occurs in women around midlife and is characterized by the cessation of menstruation and, for the vast majority of women, fertility. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness are just few of the menopause symptoms that can disrupt a woman's life and make it difficult to do daily tasks.
The starch in yam, a type of root vegetable, has been used medicinally for ages to treat a wide range of conditions, including menopausal symptoms, across a number of different cultures. While preliminary evidence suggests that yam may help menopausal women with hot flashes and sleep, more research is needed to confirm these claims.
Only a medical professional can tell you how much yam to eat and whether or not it's safe for you to use as a natural treatment for menopausal symptoms. If you experience any negative side effects while taking this product, you should consult a medical professional as you would with any medication or supplement.
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