How To Use Nutrition To Make It Through Menopause
North American Precis Syndicate
Many women—and their doctors—have found a natural way to ease some of the distressing symptoms that occur with age. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the approximately
65 million American women between 40 and 70 who are approaching menopause, in
active phase or postmenopausal, a few facts about your nutritional health may
For example, you should know the symptoms associated with menopause. These
can include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, mood swings, bone
density issues, hormonal imbalance, low libido and thinning hair.
The gradual depletion of estrogen production associated with aging is
behind most menopausal symptoms. Lack of estrogen may also affect the brain,
contributing to negative emotional well-being, and skin, reducing thickness
and elasticity, and may increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Certain nutritional deficiencies may accompany the demands that menopause
places on the female body, suggesting to many
scientists that addressing nutritional needs at the cellular level is vital
to effectively treating all phases of menopause.
The process of aging diminishes the body’s ability to activate
vitamin D. This lowers calcium absorption rates, which increases the risk of
osteoporosis. Magnesium deficiency can contribute to insomnia. B vitamins can
play a key role in reducing menopausal stress. Thiamine, niacin, B-12 and
folic acid are often referred to as the “stress vitamins.”
Although the ovaries stop producing estrogen, adrenal glands and fat cells
will continue to produce the hormone. B-3 and folic acid help support this.
Explains Mildred Seeling, M.D., in the Journal
of the American
College of Nutrition: “Estrogen
enhances magnesium utilization and uptake by soft tissues and bone, and may
explain the resistance of young women to heart disease and osteoporosis—as
well as the increased prevalence of these diseases when estrogen production
Superfoods To The Rescue
Fortunately, the right diet and dietary supplements can help.
• Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens and
broccoli, as well as beans and superfoods, are
low-calorie sources of phytoestrogens, which the
National Institutes of Health defines as plant-derived compounds found in a
wide variety of foods. Such health benefits as a lowered risk of osteoporosis,
heart disease, breast cancer, and menopausal symptoms are attributed to phytoestrogens.
• These foods are also rich in important nutrients such as iron,
calcium, folate and B vitamins, which support
healthy management of menopausal symptoms.
• Red clover flower extract, which contains at least nine isoflavones, helps reduce menopausal hot flashes.
• Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B-5, is
found in salmon, sunflower seeds and avocados. It can reduce hot flashes and
help mood stabilization.
• Royal jelly is loaded with minerals, vitamins, protein and
• Phyto-active compounds found in fruits,
vegetables and herbs mimic the body’s natural hormones to help alleviate
stress, reduce hot flashes and fight fatigue.
• Many women find plant-based supplements that contain flower pollen
extract, Guggul Gum, Cnidium
monnieri and Moringa
leaf, which have vitamin D and calcium for bone health and a bounty of other phytonutrients, help regulate mood swings, reduce hot
flashes and night sweats, and increase libido.
As Seth Herbst, M.D., founder of the Institute
for Women’s Health and Body, put it: “Seeing the demand in my own
practice and talking with colleagues, I found more women are inquiring about
natural options from their doctors to treat the debilitating symptoms of
menopause. Recommending professional-grade supplements that contain
high-quality organic sources of these phyto-active
compounds has proven to be useful with my patients in treating the symptoms
associated with menopause without any negative ramifications.”
All these ingredients can be found in a supplement recommended by doctors
called Greens First Female Menopause Formula. It’s an approach to
wellness that can reduce risks of side effects and empower women to take more
control of their own unique health needs holistically and naturally.
For further facts, go to www.greensfirstfemale.com
or call (866) 410-1818.
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)