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Eat to beat the menopause

>Soy The plant-estrogenic isoflavones found in soy can help to reduce hot flushes.

>Vitamin E Studies are mixed on the effectiveness of this fat-soluble vitamin. It is found in nuts, wheat germ, seeds, olives, corn and asparagus.

>Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids The best source of these healthy fats is fatty fish such as salmon and tuna. Walnuts, canola oil, soy, flax and omega-enriched eggs are also great sources of omega-3s.

>Fibre A diet rich in fibre is important for healthy digestive system function, and may decrease hot flushes. Make sure to choose 100pc wholegrain breads and cereals and eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

>Calcium This keeps your bones healthy. Be sure to consume three servings of low-fat dairy products every day.