Higher Free Radicals and Lower Antioxidants in Perimenopause

In an investigation of the relationship between biochemical parameters and oxidative indicators in perimenopausal women, researchers found that women in perimenopause are under increased oxidative stress.  Women in perimenopause had higher total cholesterol values, their levels of antioxidant enzymes were lower, in addition to carrying a larger load of free radicals (lipoperoxides).  This study would suggest that peri-menopausal and menopausal women may benefit from higher intake of antioxidants through food and/or supplementation.

Source: “Oxidative Stress in Women with Perimenopausal Symptoms,” Zitnanova I, Rakovan M, et al, Menopause, 2011 Sep 15.