Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

The Power of Seaweed for Menopausal Women


As a menopausal woman, and one who has eschewed using HRT, I’ve let food be my medicine over the past few years to deal with my mood swings and hot flushes.

There are 5 key ingredients that can help you to stay calm and steady and ride the hormonal rollercoaster of menopause, and today I want to share the impact of seaweed in your diet for controlling menopausal symptoms.

Seaweed contains iodine, an important nutrient for female hormonal health and thyroid function. The thyroid is a hormonal gland that plays a major role in our metabolism, as well as boosting our #energy, contributing to digestive health, temperature regulation and mood.

The thyroid needs iodine from the foods we eat to make two main hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) and deficiency can contribute to an increased risk of thyroid issues, which appears to be common for menopausal women.

Those suffering with low energy, mood and hot flushes like me could often use a boost in iodine, so go for seaweed. I find the taste of seaweed hard work, so I add it to smoothies. Probably the easiest variety to use is wakame, which you can get dried in a packet. You need to rehydrate it with cold water and let it stand for around five minutes. You can also add it to soups and salads. Meanwhile if you eat sushi, then buy #sushi rolls wrapped in the Japanese name for edible seaweed.