Best vitamins and plants to deal with menopause

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Menopause is a stage in women life that unfortunately can not be unnoticed or ignored.

It occurs when women stop menstruating, but before that happens women can experience many symptoms that are cased by gradually reduced amount of estrogen and that stage is called perimenopause. 

Some of the symptoms that may occur are:

  • hot flashes
  • insomnia
  • vaginal dryness
  • night sweats
  • weight gain
  • mood swings
  • changes in libido

Of course there are women that go through the menopause experiencing only some symptoms while other several or all. However, there are vitamins and supplements that may help ease menopause and support  general health.

Here are few vitamins and plants that are know for their benefits in ease menopause:

1. Vitamin B-12

This water soluble vitamin can be found in our everyday food and it is important for:

  • bone health
  • DNA production
  • neurological function
  • creating red blood cells

When we get older our body does not absorb as much vitamin B-12 as it use to do, that is why it is recommended to take vitamin B-12 supplements and eating fortified foods especially during and after menopause.

Deficiency of vitamin B-12 may cause:

  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • balance problems
  • depression
  • confusion
  • dementia
  • in later stages also anemia

2. Black cohosh

The black cohosh is a flowering plant, it’s root has been used by Native American to treat medical conditions such us:

  • kidney issues
  • malaria
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint inflammation
  • sore throat
  • helping with labour
  • menstrual cramps
  • menopause

Nowadays black cohosh is mostly used to help treat menopause symptoms and can be found in a form of capsules, dried roots to use as a tea or liquid extracts.

It is used for women during menopause to help:

  • Reduce hot flashes
  • Improves mood
  • Improve sleep patterns

3. Red clover

Red clover is a flowering plant that contains isoflavones (type of phytoestrogen) chemically similar to estrogen  female hormone that decreases with menopause.

Because of that red clover may be beneficial for menopause symptoms.

Women often take it for:

  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • high cholesterol
  • bone density loss

Red clover is available in tablet form but also as a tea.

4. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a antioxidant that helps protecting our body cells from damaging. This vital vitamin can be found in dietary supplements but also occurs naturally in variety of  foods such as:

  • wheat germ
  • almonds
  • hazelnuts
  • avocado
  • broccoli
  • shellfish
  • squash
  • sunflower seeds
  • spinach

One of the reasons for cells damage, depression, weight gain and heart disease is stress. Many researches have shown that vitamin E help ease stress and its symptoms that are also common to menopause. Woman in menopause and after should increase vitamin E in their diet or use supplements that contain it, recommended dosage is 15mg a day.

5. Vitamin B-6

Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) is a water-soluble vitamin that helps produce serotonin, chemical responsible for brain signals transmission. It is important as with age levels of serotonin are decreasing what cases:

  •  mood swings
  •  loss of energy
  • depression

all common in menopause.

Our body can not produce vitamin B-6 that is why we must obtain it from foods and supplements. Daily dose for woman 19 and older is 100mg.

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