Menopausal women are at high risk for memory loss, high blood pressure and diabetes. The standard treatment has long been long-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT) but due to its adverse effects scientists have worked on finding new solutions for the menopause troubles.

Many studies have been done to find appropriate dietary alternatives. These studies showed that grapes, soy and kudzu could help blunt some menopausal side effects. These dietary polyphenols have been found to have similar effects to HRT but without the adverse effects.

Grape polyphenols were found to have positive effects on working and reference memory, enhancing them. Grape polyphenols have also been found to reduce salt-sensitive hypertension as well as arterial pressure in estrogen-depleted rats.

Soy polyphenols were found to have similar effects on the arterial pressure while the kudzu, a vine growing in the southeast United States was found beneficial in reducing high blood pressure as well as blood glucose, insulin and leptin.

Scientists do not believe that these polyphenols would eventually become a stand-alone therapy for post-menopausal women but hope that they could be used as complementary to lower doses of traditional pharmaceutical compounds.