Soy contains isoflavones - substances that may help reduce hot flashes. But its effects haven’t been studied completely. Marji McCullough, ScD, RD, writing for the American Cancer Society, advises to refrain from taking soy isoflavone supplements until there are more conclusive study results. So it’s better to add soy products, such as soy milk, tofu, tempeh, and steamed soy beans, to your diet and see if it works for you.
- Black cohosh
Black cohosh is a well-known remedy for hot flashes. It’s still unclear how it works in your body, but it has proven to be effective. But here is the catch: there are no studies of long-term use of black cohosh, so it should be taken with reservation. There are reports of side effects, including abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine, headaches, and rashes.