There are many symptoms a woman may face when she begins the phase of her life known as menopause. This can include such symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and depression. Treating these symptoms can include taking a variety of prescription medications. These medications may work. However, they may offer their own side effects and problems.
This is why some women may prefer to seek help with the use of supplements first. Here are a few suggestions on some supplements that one may wish to consider trying to help treat their menopause symptoms, according to the website, Web MD. However, it is also best to check with one’s doctor before taking any new medications, including supplements and herbal remedies.
The root of the North American Black Cohosh plant has been praised for its ability to help hot flashes during menopause. However, if one has any sort of liver problems, they should avoid using this plant.
Flaxseed and flaxseed oil can help many mild menopause symptoms. They are known for helping to balance a woman’s hormones. This makes it ideal for those women who are suffering from the occasional bout of night sweats, too.
All women should be taking calcium, even those who have not started menopause, yet. Calcium will help prevent bone loss and help keep the bones strong. The ideal amount of calcium for women under the age of 51 is 1,000 mgs. a day. Women over the age of 51 or who have begun the menopause stage of their lives should be taking 1,200 mgs. a day. It is also recommended to take this dose in small dosages throughout the day instead of taking one large dose once a day. This will help keep the amount of calcium steady in one’s body.
Vitamin D is also important for bone health. The best way to get Vitamin D is through the sun. However, this is not always possible. The second way to do this is through supplements. Women under the age of 71 should be taking 600 IUs of vitamin D daily and those over the age of 71 should be taking 800 IUs daily.
A few studies have suggested that Ginseng may help during menopause. It may help boost one’s mood and it may help improve one’s sleep, which is often interrupted due to hormones and night sweats. The studies have used both American and Korean forms of Ginseng. Although, these studies haven’t been completely proven, if you like the taste of ginseng, you may wish to add it to your foods and drinks during this time. You may even wish to try the supplement version of it and see if it helps you.
St. John’s Wort:
St. John’s Wort has often been used to treat depression. Depression and mood swings often go hand and hand with menopause. Therefore, it goes to reason that St. John’s Wort can be used during this time. Studies also show that St. John’s Wort can be combined with Black Cohosh to treat depression.
If your menopause symptoms are disrupting your life, you may wish to try these supplements. However, you should discuss this option with your doctor and see what he or she thinks is your best option.
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