By Ashley Watson
Are you going through menopause or have a patient experiencing the myriad of symptoms that are associated with this natural change? Then you know that sometimes the symptoms can be difficult to manage. While hormone therapy has been the conventional recommendation by many doctors, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that certain studies have “raised questions about the safety of hormone therapy” for menopause symptoms. Luckily, there are alternatives to hormone therapy for menopausal women.
If you are looking for a more “natural” way to manage menopause symptoms, this week’s blog post offers a few suggestions for you. As always, we recommend that you speak with your doctor before taking any herbal or vitamin supplements. There are a number of supplements on the market that are designed for women who are going through menopause. Understanding the symptoms is one way we can help you and your doctor choose which one is right for you.
What to Expect
Many women are not sure what to expect before they reach menopause. The good news is that the symptoms won’t last forever. Dr. Sherry Sherman is head of the different research programs funded by NIH’s National Institute on Aging. She states, “Hot flashes can be severe and highly disruptive. We used to think that they lasted for 2 or 3 years, but our studies have shown that for some women they can last a lot longer—up to 7 or 10 years.”
All symptoms are reported to disappear once women reach postmenopause. Because every woman is different in terms of overall health and genetics, symptoms will vary. However, there are some common symptoms that many women experience, including the following:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Irregular periods
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Memory loss
While managing these symptoms can be accomplished through doctor-recommended herbs, vitamins and minerals, keep in mind that the symptoms may not fully subside until women reach postmenopause. Here are just a few supplements and herbs that have been known to help support a healthy transition during menopause.
Black cohosh (known as both Actaea racemosa and Cimicifuga racemosa), is a member of the buttercup family, and it is also commonly known as black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, rattleroot, rattletop, and rattleweed, and macrotys. This herb is now recognized by the medical community for its safety and effectiveness in helping women with symptoms during menopause.
Resveratrol is an all-natural phytoestrogen that supports bone health, provides antioxidant protection, and supports cardiovascular health.* Other studies indicate that in combination with vitamin D it can support reduced weight gain that is common in menopausal women. Resveratrol has also been known to affect aging and sleep. Getting an adequate amount of sleep can help support many of the body’s functions, which can support the regulation of menopause symptoms.
Vitamin E is known as an antioxidant that supports heart muscle strength and circulation.* This can help those with hot flashes and night sweats, according to some research.* Vitamin E is often recommended for hot flashes based on the results of these clinical trials.
Meno-Discovery™ is a powerful menopause formula for women looking for a natural alternative to synthetic hormone therapy.* It contains black cohosh and resveratrol, L-Theanine, vitamin E, as well as calcium, soy protein, and other ingredients to help support the reduction of menopause symptoms.
It is also designed help normalize bone mineral content and density in the spine, maintain cholesterol levels within normal ranges, and may reduce the prevalence of daily hot flashes.* If you are interested in taking this supplement from DaVinci® Laboratories, contact your doctor to ask about whether or not it is right for you.
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