Women struggling with the discomforts of menopause may soon find relief in a cold glass of beer.

Experts in the Czech Republic are working on a beer specifically brewed
for women experiencing hot flashes, troubling sleeping and other woes
during this phase.

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The low-kilojoule, low-alcohol beer being developed by the Prague-based
Research Institute of Brewing and Malting contains heightened levels of
phytoestrogen, a plant form of the hormone estrogen often lacking in
menopausal women, said the institute’s director Karel Kosar.

Phytoestrogen is found in the hops and barley malt used in many types
of beer. Kosar said breweries could produce the special beer by
increasing the levels of these ingredients.

gynaecologist working with the institute reported good results from
clinically tests with the beer on 20 women. The volunteers who drank
three decilitres nightly for two months reported fewer menopausal