Menopause can be a difficult time for women — both emotionally and physically. You’ll need help to stop hot flashes and get relief from menopause symptoms like hormonal night sweats. You may need a comprehensive treatment program to replace and supplement lowering estrogen levels in the body — something you’ll need a doctor’s advice to regulate. In addition, many different vitamin supplements can help you balance your body chemistry to help you get through this difficult time.
If you have been experiencing mood swings since reaching menopause, you may want to consider B vitamin supplementation in particular. “Many times, we are deficient in the complex of B vitamins, which help balance our mood. One reason for the deficiency is that B vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, refined sugars, nicotine, and caffeine. Also, the metabolism of some B-complex vitamins may be altered or accelerated in women who are taking certain medications,” says Dr. Holly Thacker, author of Vibrant Nation’s Recognizing and Treating Menopause Symptoms.
Thacker also recommends:
Calcium: “Most women simply do not get enough calcium from their diet. Others are lactose intolerant and avoid dairy products. Unless you drink a quart of skim milk daily (and I’m guessing you don’t), take a calcium supplement to reach the recommended daily amount of 1,200 mg.”
Vitamin D: “All women need to get enough vitamin D; in northern climates with less sun exposure, this can be especially hard to do. If you follow the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) and take only 400 IU, you’re only getting enough vitamin D to prevent rickets. (RDI is the new term for RDA, Recommended Dietary Allowance.) Most bone experts recommend 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily. People who have been low in vitamin D need at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.”
Vitamin E: “Taking 800 IU of vitamin E has been advocated to help hot flashes. A placebo-controlled, randomized study evaluated vitamin E supplements (800 IU/day for four weeks) for 120 breast cancer survivors with hot flashes and found that compared to the placebo, it decreased hot flashes slightly.”
Iron and Vitamin C: “Women lose 15 to 20 mg of iron each month during menstruation. Even if you are past having periods, iron is still vital. The RDI is 18 mg up to age 50 and 10 mg after that.”
Black cohosh: “Some randomized trials suggest that the herb black cohosh is a short-term treatment for hot flashes and night sweats; however, black cohosh’s effectiveness as a hot-flash remedy is debatable. It may reduce sweating, but it will not necessarily treat all your menopausal symptoms. When a woman wants to try black cohosh, I recommend the over-the-counter brand Remifemin, from Germany. The German Commission E (similar to our country’s FDA) approves this form of black cohosh for use for up to six months to relieve hot flashes. Black cohosh and other herbs like valerian root have been associated with reports of liver toxicity, so long-term effects are a real concern.”
Soy isoflavones: “Plant estrogens found in soy foods are thought to have weak estrogen-like effects. Choose soy foods rather than supplements and understand that not every woman’s body converts soy isoflavones into the estrogen-like substance equol.”
Flaxseed: “This is certainly an important food to incorporate into your diet for the overall health benefits of omega-3 fats. Like soy foods, when it’s used to replace animal fats, it may help lower cholesterol levels. Flaxseed is available in whole-seed and oil forms.”
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