Regulates hormones and creates a sense of well-being.
Kudzu is a plant containing isoflavones (including daidzein and puerarin), which play a similar hormonal role to the oestrogen produced naturally by our bodies. Menopause causes a drop in oestrogen levels, resulting in various unpleasant symptoms. According to some studies on menopausal women, consuming kudzu over several weeks led to a significant decrease in menopause symptoms, particularly hot flushes. If taken long-term, kudzu may also limit bone decalcification resulting from menopause.
Kudzu is also traditionally used for another of its properties: helping to break bad habits. This is due to its isoflavone content, which lend it anti-addictive properties. Studies have also shown that the isoflavones contained in kudzu can stimulate the brain’s natural “opioids” by interacting with neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. This could explain the plant’s effect on addictive behaviours, thus helping people who are trying to shake bad habits.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Asia, kudzu is primarily food! Its leaves can be eaten in salads, its flowers are used for doughnut fillings and its roots can be ground into a starch that serves as an effective thickener.
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS:
No side effects of kudzu consumption have been reported to date. Nevertheless, to avoid any risk of overdose, it’s best to always follow recommended doses.
Kudzu is also not recommended for young children or anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding or has a family history of hormone-dependent cancers. In order to avoid any interactions, if you are taking any medication or undergoing any medical treatment, please consult your doctor or a pharmacist before consuming kudzu.