Taurine: 5 Benefits for Women’s Health

Taurine for women's health

Taurine is one of my favorite prescriptions for perimenopause, menopause, sleep, mood, insulin resistance, and migraine prevention.

Taurine is an amino acid, but unlike most other amino acids, it’s not used to build protein. Instead, taurine has direct effects on the liver, brain, and immune system. It’s also an important antioxidant! And, fun fact: taurine accounts for up to 0.1% of total human body weight.

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How Phytoestrogens Can Lower Estrogen and Lighten Periods

Phytoestrogens are a special group of phytonutrients that occur naturally in most plant foods. The two major classes are isoflavones in soy, and lignans in seeds, whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.

They’re called phytoestrogens because they interact with estrogen receptors but they’re not estrogen. In fact, they bind so weakly to estrogen receptors that they effectively block estradiol and are therefore better categorized as anti-estrogen.

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Why a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet Can Be Bad for Periods

A vegan or exclusively plant-based diet can make periods lighter and less painful, which is good. Over time, however, an exclusively plant-based diet can cause irregular or heavy periods due to impaired ovulation and low progesterone.

The main problem with an exclusively plant-based diet is that it cannot provide an adequate supply of nutrients such as zinc, iodine, iron, vitamin A, and taurine.

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How to Increase Estrogen

Symptoms of low estrogen include fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, insomnia, dry skin, recurrent bladder infections, and vaginal dryness. Of those symptoms, vaginal dryness is the most characteristic sign and is diagnostic of estrogen deficiency.

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