Menopause Nutrients and Herbs

Menopause Nutrients.

The table below shows the Menopause Nutrients:

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Beta-1,3-D-glucan As directed on label. Boosts bone marrow production and acts as a powerful stimulant for the immune system.
Cerasomal-cis-9-cetylmyristoleate As directed on label. Acts like a lubricant for joints and reduces inflammation. Menopause Nutrients.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you have liver problems.

Coenzyme Q10

As directed on label. To support the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances, streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, increase energy, support adrenal glands, process fats, boost the immune system, and improve overall physical and mental processes.
plus Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) As directed on label Increases memory function, reduces stress, and enhances sex drive. Menopause Nutrients.
Note: DHEA is converted into testosterone and estrogens in the body. Use with caution if you are taking HRT.

or 7-keto DHEA

As directed on label. A metabolite of DHEA that is not converted into sex hormones. Some studies have shown benefit for short-term use, but data for long-term use is not available.
Essential fatty acids (primrose oil, black currant seed oil, or Kyolic-EPA from Wakunaga) As directed on label Act as sedatives and diuretics. Menopause Nutrients. Good for hot flashes. Important for production of estrogen.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus and L. reuteri 2.5 million cells of each daily. Restores normal vaginal flora.

Lecithin granules

1 tbsp 3 times daily, before meals. Important as an emulsifier for vitamin E, which reduces hot flashes and related symptoms.
Or capsules 1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.
Multienzyme complex with hydrochloric acid (HCI) As directed on label. Take with meals. To aid digestion. HCI production declines with age.
Caution: Do not use HCI if you have a history of ulcers.
Soy protein 30 grams daily. Soybeans contain a form of estrogen. Helps relieve hot flashes and protect against heart disease and osteoporosis. Menopause Nutrients.
Ultra Osteo Synergy from American Biologics As directed on label. Nutritional support for bone renewal.

Vitamin B complex

As directed on label. For improved circulation and cellular function. Use a sublingual form for best absorption. Or consider injections (under a doctor’s supervision).
plus extra vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 100 mg 3 times daily. A powerful antistress vitamin needed for adrenal function.
and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 50 mg 3 times daily Minimizes water retention and eases symptoms.
and folic acid As directed on label. Helps to protect against heart disease.

Vitamin E

200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day. Reduces hot flashes and many other symptoms. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Boron 3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Enhances calcium absorption.
Calcium 1,000-2,000 mg daily. To relieve nervousness and irritability, and to protect against bone loss. Use chelate forms. Menopause Nutrients.
and magnesium 1,000 mg daily.
Quercetin Plus from Nature’s Plus or Nutrition Now 2 mg daily. An antioxidant flavonoid that may help with hot flashes.
Silica As directed on label. Supplies silicon, needed for connective tissue and for calcium uptake.

Vitamin D

400-600 IU daily. Regulates calcium within the body. Calcium (1,000 mg) and vitamin D (400 IU) may reduce mortality in postmenopausal women.
Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Aids in protecting against bone loss and reducing symptoms. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.
plus copper 3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc.
L-arginine 500 mg twice daily. Detoxifies the liver. Aids liver function.

and L-lysine

500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.
Multiglandular complex As directed on label. For hormonal stability.
Multivitamin and mineral complex As directed on label. Take with meals. All nutrients are needed for normal hormone production and function.

with potassium

99 mg daily. To replace potassium lost through perspiration during hot flashes. Potassium protects the nervous system and encourages a regular heart rhythm.
and selenium 200 mcg daily. An important trace mineral linked to normal hormonal balance.
Vitamin C 3,000-10.000 mg daily. For hot flashes. Also for heart health.
plus mixed bioflavonoids 1,000 mg daily.

 


A paste made from aloe vera gel, mixed to the consistency of toothpaste and inserted into the vagina at night, can relieve vaginal dryness.

Herbs

❑ A paste made from aloe vera gel, mixed to the consistency of toothpaste and inserted into the vagina at night, can relieve vaginal dryness.

❑ Amaranth, chickweed, dandelion greens, nettle, seaweed, and watercress are rich in calcium and can help prevent osteoporosis.

❑ Anise, black cohosh, fennel, licorice, raspberry, sage, unicorn root, and wild yam root are natural estrogen promoters, as are soybean products. Black cohosh has received the most attention, and the results of the studies are mixed. The biggest study, paid for by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), did not find black cohosh to be of benefit in relieving hot flashes or night sweats. Studies on soy and hot flashes have had both positive and negative results.

Cautions: Do not use black cohosh if you are pregnant or have any type of chronic disease. Black cohosh should not be used by those with liver problems. Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke. Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.

❑ Damiana enhances sexual desire and pleasure.

❑ Hops and valerian root help to calm the body and promote restful sleep. Ginseng has been shown to help improve mood and sleep during menopause. Kava kava decreases anxiety but has no effect on hot flashes.
Cautions: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure, or are pregnant or nursing. Kava kava can cause drowsiness. It is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, and it should not be taken together with other substances that act on the central nervous system, such as alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs.

❑ Gotu kola, black cohosh, red clover, and dong quai relieve hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and depression.
Cautions: Do not use black cohosh if you are pregnant or have any type of chronic disease. Black cohosh should not be used by those with liver problems. Dong quai enhances the action of the blood thinner warfarin, so the two should not be used together.

❑ Seaweed and soy foods are commonly consumed in Japan, where 10 to 20 percent of women experience hot flashes compared to 70 to 80 percent in Western countries. In one study, soy protein containing 60 milligrams of isoflavones reduced hot flashes by 57 percent and night sweats by 43 percent.

❑ St. John’s wort is valuable if you suffer from anxiety or depression.
Caution: St. John’s wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. It may also produce anxiety, gastrointestinal symptoms, and headaches. It can interact with some drugs, including antidepressants, birth control pills, and anticoagulants.

❑ Siberian ginseng aids in relieving depression and in the production of estrogen.
Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.