What are the Symptoms of Menopause and How to Make Them Stop
Dawn M. Olsen
For women going through the long
list of symptoms associated with menopause, most are saying, “How do I make them
stop?” If you have started into the change of life, chances are you are saying
the same thing. While some women get through menopause with little problem, most
struggle but with the right treatment, no one should have to. Just imagine
waking up during the night, right in the middle of a great dream, only to feel
as though you were on fire. Thinking that is the worst of it, you drift back to
sleep only to be wakened again but this time by soaking wet sheets that come
from night sweats. Perhaps you have been trying to work but find the joint pain
and headaches too much to handle.
Midlife is indeed a time of awakening, a time when most women over the age of 40
begin to go through changes, finding that they now live in an unfamiliar body.
Unfortunately, as the years of menopause progress, for most women, the symptoms
only worsen. Although frustrating, you need to understand that menopause is not
the end of life, just change. The key is to understand your body and make the
changes work for you, not against you. Okay, now you are asking, “How?” Well,
the number one way is to become educated about menopause, as well as your
options for treating the symptoms and associated health risks.
Although each woman going through the change of life has different symptoms or
different levels of intensity of those symptoms, most will experience some or
all of the same things. For example, common symptoms include things like hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, joint pain, dry hair and skin, heart palpitations, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and risk of osteoporosis and
osteoarthritis. Just remember, with the right type of treatment for each of the
symptoms, there is absolutely, no reason why you cannot live a happy, healthy
Vitamins are very important to treating menopause but the all-around vitamin we
took in our 20s or 30s no longer suffices in the battle against menopause symptoms. Unfortunately, even some of the products on the market today that are
supposedly geared toward women with menopause contain far too little of the
right vitamins and minerals. Therefore, when you shop around for vitamins, you
need to be taking a minimum of 1500 mg of calcium daily, along with 600 IU of
vitamin E and 400 mcg of folic acid. Anything less is virtually worthless.
In addition to the basics, you will find many other vitamins, herbs, and
supplements that bring peace of mind and body. Instead of trying to treat
menopause as a whole, you need to treat each of the symptoms specifically since
they all require different things, as you will learn below.
Black Cohosh – When it comes to treating things like hot flashes, night
sweats, and depression, Black Cohosh is outstanding. In fact, this particular
plant has been used for centuries, even by the American Indians. Because Black
Cohosh is also made into a poultice and used on snakebites, you might see it
listed as “snakeroot.”
Boron (12 to 18 mg) – When taken daily, Boron can help strengthen bone
and joint function, thereby reducing joint pain associated with menopause while
reducing the risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Calcium and Vitamin D (1500 mg and 200 IU) – This combination is
excellent for treating the symptoms of menopause. The calcium helps retain bone
mass while helping to strengthen the bones against osteoporosis and
Chamomile – A cup of hot Chamomile tea will go a long way in relaxing the
nervous system. Chamomile has been used for centuries and of all European herbs,
is probably the most popular and widely used. Other benefits include help with
insomnia and the common cold or flu.
Co Q10 – Coenzyme Q-10 (50 mg) – This antioxidant fights against societal
pollutants, keeps the heart healthy, and improves energy. Co Q10 levels begin to
decline at age 35 so taking a minimum of 50 mg up to 300 mg daily will replace
the lost levels and produce overall good health.
DHEA – DHEA in the body begins to ebb around age 30 with up to 30% loss
by age 50. For women going through menopause, replacement DHEA increases the
body’s ability to convert food into energy while burning off excess fat.
Dong Quai (30 drops) – Adding 30 drops, three times a day in tea or juice
will help reduce hot flashes. This phytoestrogens is another that has been used
for years and proven to be highly, beneficial.
Evening Primrose Oil (500 mg) – To help reduce those nasty hot flashes
associated with menopause, along with breast tenderness, Evening Primrose Oil is
excellent, being a rich source of gamma linolenic acid.
Fresh Flaxseed/Linseed (2 heaping teaspoons) – Flaxseeds contain lignans,
which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-fungal, and when
taken daily, it can help with menopausal symptoms. In addition, flaxseeds
contain phytoestrogens that are been proven to reduce the effects of hot
flashes, irritability, and anxiety. For linseed oil, this works the same as
flaxseed but it should be used as a substitute.
Folic Acid (400 to 800 mcg) – Folic acid is very important in treating
the symptoms of menopause. Many studies have been performed finding a link
between low folic acid levels and depression. Since mood swings, depression,
anxiety, and frustration are all common symptoms of menopause, folic acid can
make a huge difference in leveling out serotonin levels in the brain to create a
sense of calmness.
Garlic (300 mg) – You can buy odorless garlic that helps calm the nerves,
reduces headaches, and is an excellent source of chromium, phosphorus, selenium,
and thiamine. Of all the foods we eat, garlic is actually one of the most
Genistein and Daidzein – These soy isoflavones are a type of
phytoestrogens that helps bind estrogen within the body. Many times, a woman
going through menopause will have low levels of estrogen as the body starts
producing less and less. Taking Genistein and Daidzein can help replace the
estrogen naturally, meaning there is no risk, just benefits.
Ginkgo Biloba (60 to 120 mg) - For treating depression, Ginkgo Biloba can
alleviate the “brain fog” and overwhelming worry that often goes along with
Ginseng Korean Panax – Ginseng is an age-old plant used for increasing
both physical and mental capacity. Keep in mind that there are different types
of Ginseng on the market so for menopause you want to stick with the Korean
Panax for the best results.
Glucosamine Sulfate (500 mg) – This nutrient helps repair connective
tissue and joint integrity. Since women lose bone mass during menopause, this
strengthening is crucial for joint pain and to reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Inositol (650 mg) – Known as “nature’s tranquilizer”, for women going
through all the challenges of menopause, Inositol taken every morning helps
reduce and even eliminate stress while also helping to lower blood cholesterol
and prevent thinning hair.
Kava Kava (60 to 150 mg) – When Kava Kava is taken daily, it can help
calm anxiety. The key however, is to not take too much, which can lead to liver
problems. Therefore, prior to taking Kava Kava, you should talk to your doctor
first and if you have an existing liver problem, avoid it altogether.
L-Carnitine (500 mg) – Since weight gain commonly occurs as we age and
specifically during the menopausal years, L-Carnitine taken daily is a safe,
natural amino acid that helps with weight loss and weight maintenance.
L-Tyrosine (500 mg) – Taken daily, L-Tyrosine battles against depression,
a common complaint for women going through menopause. Other benefits associated
with L-Tyrosine include controlling fatigue, headaches, and appetite.
Licorice Root (250 mg) – Licorice Root works to balance estrogen and is
extremely helpful in reducing chronic stress that is often linked to menopause.
Magnesium (500 to 1000 mg) – Taken daily, magnesium works to fight
against migraines and heart palpitations, along with mood swings, common
problems associated with menopause.
Melatonin (3 mg) – For insomnia, a Melatonin supplement can help.
Melatonin is naturally produced in the brain but around adolescence, it begins
to decline and even more so around age 40. With just 3 mg daily, you will sleep
MSM (1000 mg) – Known officially as Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), this
organic source of sulfur is found naturally in the connective tissues and joint
cartilage of the body. Again, with menopause, bone loss is a major concern,
which is where MSM taken daily can help.
Soy Lecithin (1 to 3 tablespoons) – Taken in juice each day, soy lecithin
acts as a natural emulsifier in lowering cholesterol. The lecithin gets into the
blood stream, attaching to the fat in the arteries and then absorbing it.
Therefore, to relieve heart palpitations and enjoy an overall healthy heart, soy
lecithin is a great option.
St. John’s Word (300 mg) – Mood swings, depression, irritability,
confusion, and frustration are all serious side effects of menopause. St. John’s
Wort can help with mild cases, acting as a MAO (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor). In
fact, St. John’s Wort has been used for hundreds of years around the world with
Valerian Root – When it comes to treating insomnia and anxiety, the
Valerian Root has shown to be highly beneficial. The only downside is that this
root has a bad odor so we recommend you stick with capsule form.
Vitamin B6 (100 mg) – Taking 100 mg three times a day helps reduce excess
fluid often associated with menopausal women. In addition, vitamin B6 works as a
natural antidepressant to relieve some of the overwhelming symptoms.
Vitamin B Complex – This particular vitamin is excellent for providing
energy while reducing depression.
Vitamin C (1000 to 10000 mg) – Vitamin C should be taken every day as an
antioxidant and protector against cancer. Vitamin C also helps with dry skin but
keep in mind you should never take more than 10000 mg a day and if you notice
heartburn, reduce the dosage.
Vitamin E (200 IU) – To help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot
flashes, night sweats, and heart palpitations, vitamin E is highly beneficial.
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