The side effects of menopause or pre-menopause can be very debilitating for any woman that is why natural supplements are recommended as a treatment to menopause symptoms and to provide relief. Generally women experience hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, irregular menstrual periods, incontinence, headaches, memory lapses, lack of concentration etc as symptoms of menopause. Some woman pass their menopause without facing any of these effects and while some face a torrid time facing few or all of these symptoms during menopause.
Certain herbal and natural supplements have been found to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of menopause to pass the troublesome duration with some ease. Mostly the fluctuating hormone levels are the root cause for most of the problems during menopause and particularly lack of estrogen hormone.
Inclusion of soy beans in the diet and isoflavanes helps the body in making up the lack of estrogen production. Soy beans at least 50g per diet is recommended to control hot flashes, vaginal dryness and night sweats during menopause. Consumption of black cohosh is very safe and helpful in treating hot flashes and night sweats. St. john’s wort treats mild depression with great effect, it is recommended to not to use this natural supplement along with anti-depressants as it can interfere with their effects.
Beet root juice 90 ml twice a day relieves symptoms and effects of menopause, carrot seeds boiled in cow's milk for 20 minutes and later consumed along with the remaining milk also provide relief from various side effects of menopause. All type of fruits also contributes in relieving the symptoms of menopause and particularly fruits rich in calcium are extremely helpful. Women tend to develop deficiency of calcium in the body during menopause which makes her body prone to osteoporosis, good supply of calcium will keep this problem at bay. Red clover extracts are another good source of calcium and rich source of phytoestrogens.
Ginseng has been used for improving general well being and is also helpful during menopause for alleviating its symptoms. Studies show that ginseng may not provide any relief from hot flashes but certainly increases the feeling of well being in the woman. Overall it is effective in providing good overall health. Ashwagandha or withania somnifera is another old trusted natural supplement which has excellent properties to maintain and establish hormonal balance. The effects of this natural compound controls mood swings, promotes sleep and relieve vaginal dryness by maintaining the minimum level of estrogen hormone in the body of menopausal woman.
In the body of menopausal woman the secretion of prolactin hormone gets increased which causes severe and fluctuating hormonal imbalance causing mood swings, dryness and other problems. Use of chasteberry as a natural supplement in the diet helps the body in inhibiting the harmful effect of this hormone during menopause. Evening primrose oil is also recommended during menopause for relief but clinically it is not proven if it can be effective treatment. It is suggested for breast pain relief, bladder symptoms and menopausal symptoms.
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