Pomegranate seed oil 'no better than a placebo' at easing hot flushes

Pomegranate seed oil is a popular alternative remedy for women seeking relief from menopausal symptoms.
It was thought that because it is rich in plant compounds called phytoestrogens, these would mimic estrogen in the body. However, the first clinical trial of the treatment has found that women taking the supplement twice a day for 12 weeks got no more relief than women taking a placebo pill containing sunflower oil.
'Like many herbal remedies, there's no clear evidence that it is effective at reducing menopause symptoms,' said Dr Silvina Levis, from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida.
Previous research has found that soy supplements and red clover extract, which also contain phytoestrogens, are not effective at reducing menopause symptoms like mood swings and hot flushes.
As many as 85 per cent of menopausal women experience the symptom many times a day - a sensation of heat, often accompanied by sweating, rapid heartbeat and anxiety, according to past studies.

Source  - Daily Mail

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