For women going through menopause, trying to find relief from the symptoms is a number one priority. Lying in bed at night dealing with night sweats, feeling intermittently throughout the day flushes of heat, struggling with joint pain, headaches, and vaginal dryness is simply miserable but all part of the change of life for women. For this reason, many different options are considered to include menopause supplements.
If you were to ask women from an earlier generation, they would offer suggestions for one type of menopause supplement while women of today’s generation have different ideas. For the woman experiencing menopause, she just wants relief. The type of supplement taken is really dependent on the symptom but below, we have provided some suggestions that women swear by.
Black Cohosh is probably one of the more popular types of menopause supplement, which is derived from Cimicifuga racemosa, also known as black snake root. This powerful herb works as a relaxant and “normalizer” for the female reproductive system. In addition, Black Cohosh works as a natural form of estrogen that provides benefit for muscular and osteoarthritis pains often associated with menopause.
Other supplements that are geared toward soothing the annoying symptoms of menopause include phytoestrogens, which would include isoflavones from red clover or soy. These supplements have long been proven to be beneficial for women going through the change and although the exact mechanism of red clover is not known, it is believed that the isoflavones work on the beta estrogen receptor instead of the alpha receptor, which means hot flashes and night sweats are reduced or eliminated.
Other menopause supplements that work well to reduce symptoms include pomegranate seed, dong guai, vitamin E, vitex, kava kava, ginkgo biloba, and licorice. These supplements are found at local grocery stores, retail stores, and health food stores. In fact, one study showed that as much as 52% of women taking isoflavones had a significant reduction in night sweats, hot flashes, and other common symptoms.
In addition to isoflavones, one combination that women agree on is vitamin E, calcium, and vitamin C. Other natural remedies include chaste tree berry, magnesium, grape seed extract, and eleutherococcus. If you are going through the change, you do have options other than hormone replacement therapy, which has received quite a bit of bad publicity over the past years. Natural menopause supplements offer relief, are easy to find, and very affordable.
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