Linwoods MENOLIGNA has been developed specifically for women during the menopause, containing only research-backed ingredients. Nutritionist Jane McClenaghan shares her nutritional insight on these ingredients and the specific benefits they provide for female health and women during the menopause/peri-menopause stage of life.
Menoligna and its benefits for Menopause/Peri-Menopause
If there was one daily habit that I recommend to my clients at peri-menopause, it’s to add flaxseed to their diet every day. Packed with phytoestrogens, a good source of fibre and full of plant-based omega 3, flaxseeds can be a really useful ingredient for female hormone balance at this stage of life.
Linwoods Menoligna is a new product that is specifically targeted to help support women at menopause. It is an interesting combination of sprouted flaxseed, milled chia and quinoa with added marine source calcium, and vitamins K2 and D3.
Here’s how it can help support female balance at menopause.
One of the most important benefits of adding flaxseed to your diet at menopause is their high concentration of phytoestrogens.
Flaxseeds are an important source of a group of phytoestrogens called lignans. These plant based balancers have been shown to have a modulating effect on oestrogen, so at peri-menopause and menopause when our body’s oestrogen levels are naturally reducing, they have been found to gently and safely optimise oestrogen levels without any adverse side effects.
Lignans have been well researched for their health benefits at menopause and a daily intake has been shown to help manage hot flushes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms.
Lignans are concentrated in the outer shell, or hull, of the flaxseed, so to get maximum benefits it is important to have milled flaxseed. The sprouted form of flaxseed found in Menoligna is a particularly good source of lignans.
Supporting healthy bones
Oestrogen and progesterone have a protecting effect on bone density, so as our levels of these hormones start to reduce at peri-menopause, we have at increased risk of bone loss and the development of osteopenia and osteoporosis, so focusing on food to help to maintain healthy bones at this stage is life is vitally important.
Despite the hormonal changes at menopause, nutrition and lifestyle can help to maintain healthy bones and help prevent our risk of developing osteoporosis.
Of course we know that calcium is one of the key nutrients to support bone density, but it works in synergy with a whole range of other nutrients, including magnesium, vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 to help maintain the health of normal bones.
Linwoods have added a marine source of calcium to Menoligna, as well as K2 and D3 to help support calcium absorption in this product.
Using sprouted flaxseed as the key ingredient also helps to optimise the absorption of minerals by reducing the anti-nutrients phytate and oxalate. These are naturally occurring ingredients that can inhibit calcium absorption.
Cholesterol and cardiovascular support
As we approach menopause, our risk of cardiovascular disease increases as hormone levels change and we lose the cardioprotective effects of oestrogen and progesterone.
The combination of nutrients found in Menoligna, including the omega 3 fat ALA from sprouted flaxseed and chia, magnesium, B vitamins and antioxidants have been show to help maintain and support cardiovascular function and normal cholesterol levels.
Energy and mood
B vitamins, magnesium and coQ10 are key nutrients for energy production and you will find all of these in your daily intake of Menoligna.
Adding flaxseed to your diet may also help support better blood sugar balance, reduce insulin resistance and in turn help with energy levels, mood and even weight management.
A Daily Habit
When it comes to nutrition it is the little daily habits that make all the difference. Of course there is no such thing as a quick fix, a magic bullet or a cure-all, but considering the powerful effects of food on your hormones at peri-menopause and menopause, adding Menoligna to your daily diet is worth trying.
I like keep things simple, so here’s how I suggest you incorporate Menoligna to your daily routine:
- at breakfast – add a spoonful to your porridge, overnight oats or morning yoghurt
- at lunchtime – keep it handy to sprinkle on soups or salads
- at dinner – stir into curry, chilli or sprinkle on top of steamed vegetables
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Jane McClenaghan is Northern Ireland’s most recognised nutritionist with over 20 year’s experience. Her company Vital Nutrition specialises in developing and delivering group sessions for corporate and community clients both online and in-person as well as running an online membership club and offering one-to-one consultations.
Jane’s knowledge in the subject area of health and wellbeing is unrivalled as indicated by her qualifications, reputation and experience.
Jane’s sessions cover a range of health and wellbeing topics from mental health to stress, female and male health, healthy eating on a budget, heart health, sleep, family wellbeing and much more.
Jane is also the author of two books on nutrition, she writes a weekly column in the Irish News, has a monthly slot on radio U105 and is a regular contributor to the BBC, The Belfast Telegraph and many other media outlets.
You can find out more and get in touch with Vital Nutrition here;