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Menopause Symptom Reliefby Dave Foreman
Much like the hormonal changes that occur during PMS, menopause is also a change in hormone levels. It can be a natural reduction in hormone levels, or brought on by chemotherapy, hysterectomy, radiation treatment, or ovaries unable to produce the necessary amount of reproductive hormones. As reproductive hormones diminish, the symptoms increase. Symptoms include: irregular periods, hot flashes, decreased fertility, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, mood swings, increased abdominal fat, thinning hair, and loss of breast fullness. The use of supplements can help to lessen the severity of the symptoms and protect you against age-related chronic conditions that can be exacerbated by menopause, such as osteoporosis, decreased libido, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain. To alleviate symptoms, some of the herbal supplements available include: This is the best cholesterol supplement on the market and a great antioxidant. I love a one-two punch!
Add Antioxidants PMS and menopause are not the only concerns women have. The aging process, along with environmental factors and illness, can sap the body of nutrients and create imbalances that weaken the immune system. Restoring that balance starts with understanding the various supplements and how they address specific metabolic needs.
Antioxidants are found in foods naturally and have long been believed to slow or prevent the damage commonly caused by cell breakdown of oxygen. This free-radical damage caused by unpaired molecules reacting with DNA or cell membranes, which can damage or kill the cells. Antioxidants terminate the chain reaction caused by free radicals, which can prevent or slow the damage. The selection of your antioxidant may vary depending on any other special need(s) you may have. For general health and wellness try these supplements:
Omega-3s (Fish Oil and Chia Seeds)
If you are pregnant or breast feeding I recommend a fish oil with a higher level of DHA. Your body is being zapped of its EFAs and DHA is especially important for you and your baby. Omega-3 compounds that include both animal and plant sources are an excellent way to increase your EFA and DHA levels.
Probiotics for Better Bacteria
I think that probiotics could be more important for women than men. Women are more susceptible to reproductive health challenges (Yeast infections, urinary tract infections, etc.) when bacteria levels are not in balance. Look for a blend of bacteria in your supplement to optimize the balance of bacteria in your system.
Multivitamins That Fit
One size does not fit all especially with vitamins. Choose one that takes into consideration your gender and age. I prefer to use whole food vitamins. If not, pick a natural vitamin (second best alternative). Consult with a store associate for the vitamin that is right for you.
For more information on specific topics, please check out my past articles on vitaminshoppe.com.