In some Native American tribes, an herb known as blue cohosh has long been used to improve muscle tone in the uterus and treat a variety of women’s health troubles (such as menstrual cramps and PMS). But while preliminary studies suggest that blue cohosh may shield health by reducing inflammation), other research shows that taking this herb while pregnant may raise risk of birth defects. A number of other natural remedies hold promise for enhancing women’s health. For instance, there’s some evidence that consuming soy may slightly lower your risk of breast cancer and build stronger bones to stave off osteoporosis.
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