Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 03:47 pm

A new study found that certain foods may protect women from early menopause and could prolong reproductive function

Research has found that a long-term, high intake of vegetable protein may protect women from early menopause and could prolong reproductive function.

So where can you find this vegetable protein?

It’s available in foods like whole grains, bean, lentils, peas and soya products (like tofu and tempeh).

According to researchers, consuming enriched pasta, dark bread and cold cereal were especially associated with lower risk. They observed no similar effect from eating animal sources of protein.

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Understanding early menopause

Early menopause, the cessation of ovarian function before age 45, affects about 10 percent of women. It is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and early cognitive decline, the authors note.

Few studies have evaluated how protein intake is associated with menopause timing, they add, and to their knowledge this is the first to look specifically at early menopause.

For the study, researchers evaluated the relationship between diet and risk of early menopause among members of the ‘Nurses’ Health Study II’ (NHS2), an ongoing prospective study of 116 000 women started in 1989.

Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst via

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