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Hot flashes are no fun. Studies link the debilitating symptoms of peri- and postmenopause to declining levels of estrogen. And according to a review of 16 studies published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology , soy isoflavones can aid with your menopause symptoms—albeit they only provide half of the maximum effect and work 10 weeks slower than traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug, estradiol, in terms of reducing hot flash frequency. Isoflavones are a class of phytoestrogens, plant versions of human estrogen. In other words, they nearly mimic estrogen's structure, allowing them to function in the same estrogen pathways which can help relieve hot flash symptoms. Chickpeas also contain phytoestrogen, which makes them one of the 30 Healthy Foods for Women .
Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain, hypotension, palpitations, postural hypotension, tachycardia
Uncommon (% to 1%): Angina pectoris, atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, cardiac failure, edema (extremities), extrasystoles, hematomas, hot flushes, hypertension, myocardial infarction, myocardial ischemia
Rare (less than %): Bundle branch block, cardiac arrest, phlebitis, QT prolongation, torsades de pointes
Frequency not reported: Ventricular arrhythmia, orthostatic hypotension
Postmarketing reports: Thrombosis [ Ref ]