Supplements that stop hot flashes and other menopause symptoms

March 19, 2012 at 9:00 am in Healthy Living by VN Editors

Different therapies and techniques can be very effective when you want to stop hot flashes from dictating your daily life, but it is possible safely medicate the problem, too. Many different supplements treat the menopause symptoms that help cause hot flashes. Causes and effects go hand-in-hand when it comes to menopause symptoms. Addressing one can help to stop the other.

Menopause supplements and herbal cures

Many women successfully use menopause supplements and various natural herbs to stop hot flashes and  hormonal night sweats. Many alternative therapies, like stress relief techniques, are not always completely effective at treating hormonal night sweats, which are hot flashes that attack when you’re sleeping and vulnerable. Supplements can help address the body chemistry issues that are causing your hot flashes and hormonal night sweats in the first place.

  • Black cohosh has a reputation for being a natural menopause herb, and many women swear by its powers. Some studies have indicated that black cohosh has some power to stop hot flashes, but other studies contradict the data, which means the herb can’t be proven to be widely effective for all menopausal women.
  • Flaxseed and flaxseed oil have been put forth as potential hot flash cures for years, but scientific data doesn’t support the claim. Flaxseed does contain natural lignans, which can help to balance female hormones.
  • Red clover is a popular woman’s herb because it contains natural plant estrogens. Many women take red clover supplements to help balance out the estrogen they’re losing through menopause, but the herb can be dangerous for those who have cancer or are at risk for cancer.
  • Wild yams are also popular in hormone therapy because they contain natural compounds that are similar to progesterone and estrogen. However, science can’t prove these plant hormones are capable of becoming active in human beings.
  • Ginseng helps to address a common menopause symptom: mood. Ginseng boosts mood, helping to counter-act the depression and anxiety many women feel during menopause. Mood improvement may help stop hot flashes, which can be triggered by stress and other strong emotions. St. John’s Wort is also known for helping to balance mood, and the herb is a good natural treatment for menopausal depression.
  • Soy has been proven to be somewhat effective to stop hot flashes, but it may not work for all menopausal women. Eat foods that are naturally rich in soy, such as nuts and tofu, to take advantage of the natural estrogen-like compounds found in it.

Menopause vitamins

Staying healthy is a good way to treat hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Take vitamins and vitamin supplements to keep your body well-balanced and well-prepared for the changes that age can bring.

  • Calcium may not help stop hot flashes, but it is something your body’s got to have. Menopausal women begin losing calcium, so you’ve got to start taking supplements to keep your bones and body strong.
  • Magnesium helps menopausal women absorb calcium, which your body never stops needing. Always take a little magnesium when you’re taking calcium (about half as much). Your magnesium levels drop when estrogen does, so bringing balance back to your body can help to stop hot flashes and hormonal night sweats. Find magnesium naturally in black walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, leafy vegetables and black strap molasses.

Find more ways to put uncomfortable menopause symptoms on ice in our free special report, 5 Proven Remedies to Reduce Hot Flashes During Menopause.

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