An article we recently came across on WebMD explained some great information on how to deal with menopause.
The most common cure for menopause is HRT (hormone replacement therapy), and it has worked for some people. But, after reading the article, along with tons of other proven research, HRT isn’t the only method of controlling symptoms.
There are actually many vitamins, herbs and other nutrients that can help. We’ll list and explain some of them. As always, consult your doctor before taking any of the following.
Soy is rich in phytoestogens, specifically isoflavones, cholesterol-free, and contains omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, folic acid, and iron. Soy is one of the best ways to add to your diet in gaining helth benefits when you’re in coping with early menopause. More specifically, many recent studies have shown that soy can actually help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms.
You can get soy from a variety of sources, including soy milk, tofu, soybeans (my favorite, edamame).
Flaxseed is another nutrient high in phytoestrogens, omega-3-fatty acids, both a help in fighting heart disease as well. Because it’s high in phytoestrogens, flaxseed can help minimize symptoms like hot flashes. Many studies have also shown that flaxseed may help fight breast cancer and it can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
You can get flaxseed from most health stores and grind is to sprinkle it in yogurt, cereals, etc.
Vitamin E and Citrus Bioflavonoids as a combination is a hot-flash buster. Some studies have actually shown that taking these two supplements together helps combat hot flashes the most effectively. Taking vitamin E in the morning and at night has been shown to reduce the requency and severity of hot flashes.
B Vitamins can be a big help in coping with premature menopause both in terms of helping combat symptoms and fighting negative. B-vitamins have also proven to help get your energy levels up, support your liver function, increase your resistance to infection and help maintain your adrenal gland functions-which is where the precursor to estrone (the form of estrogen still produced by your body after menopause). Finally, B Vitamins are considered great stress reducers.
Calcium is a very proven must in helping prevent osteoporosis. reducing triglycerides, and lowering blood pressure (which sometimes rise in women on some forms of HRT).
Magnesium is often found in calcium supplements and appears to help fight the crashing fatigue that often comes at the beginning of premature or early menopause by boosting energy levels.
Potassium is a very important mineral, which, just like the others can help boost energy levels. It regularizes your heart beat, and helps a fairly common menopause symptom- heart palpitations.
Black Cohosh is an herb that can help hot flashes and has actually been proven to help prevent osteoporosis, and reduce bone resorption.
Chasteberry has been known to reduce hot flashes as well and irregular bleeding.
—Information credited from WebMD and http://www.earlymenopause.com/9909.htm