femMED Menopause Relief, a natural menopause remedy is a source of seven ingredients for the provision of menopause symptom relief. These nutrients are delivered in an easy to swallow, vegetarian capsule. The ingredients include: Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Pomengranate, Squawvine, Damiana, Wild Green Oat, Schisandra chinensis and Motherwort.
It is necessary that all seven ingredients are included in femMED Menopause Relief as they each contribute to menopause symptom relief and hormonal balance by a variety of hormonal and non-hormonal mechanisms. This combination approach ensures that all aspects of the physiological imbalance associated with menopause may be addressed. Consequently, a maximal reduction in the symptoms associated with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances and irritability can occur.
Black Cohosh has long been a natural menopause remedy, cited as the most researched herb therapy for treating menopausal symptoms and replacing standard hormone replacement therapy. Black cohosh is an effective treatment for reducing hot flashes, profuse perspiration, headaches, heart palpitations, depression, premenstrual syndrome, painful menstruation, sleep disturbances, vaginal atrophy and dryness, nervousness, irritability and loss of concentration.
Dong Quai is one of the most commonly prescribed Chinese herbs for problems unique to women, specifically, dong quai is an effective treatment for painful menstruation, lack of menstruation [spotting but no full blood flow], frequent [more than once per month] menstruation and hot flashes.
Pomengranate contains the richest plant source of estrogens. Pomegranate seeds contain the estrogenic compounds, estrone and estradiol, which are chemically identical to those in human body. Pomegranate is effective on a depressive state and bone loss and this effect may have clinical implications in women experiencing menopause symptoms.
Damiana exhibits properties that can help alleviate menopause symptoms such as urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, anxiety and irritability.
Schisandra chinensis contains a type of phytoestrogen and may alleviate estrogen-induced menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, excessive sweating, emotional distress, depression and cardiovascular symptoms. Schisandra chinensis has also been considered to be a sexual tonic for women and is known to support the tissues and lubrication of the reproductive system. Thus, this botanical may reduce menopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness. This herb can also reduce menopause symptoms by detoxifying and restoring normal liver function.
Partridge Berry is an evergreen herb belonging to the Rubiaceae family. Traditionally used to ease menstrual cramps, strengthen the uterus for childbirth, to ease childbirth, to prevent miscarriage, to treat sore nipples while nursing, and to increase breast milk production.
Motherwort has been used to treat menstrual and uterine conditions, especially those influenced by anxiety, irritability, tension or sleeplessness related to menopausal symptoms. This herb also is used to relieve the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes caused by menopausal changes.
Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life that can be thought of as a time of ovarian retirement. At birth women have about one million eggs in their ovaries. At puberty ovulation begins and the ovaries release eggs each month for the purpose of conception. As the years go by, the amount of eggs gradually declines until menopause, when the ovaries shut down and stop producing estrogen and progesterone, the two main female sex hormones. Menopause occurs when ovulation ceases and a woman can no longer conceive naturally.
After menopause the adrenal glands, which supply some sex hormones through- out life, become the primary source. Women who have poor adrenal function, which can be caused by chronic stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, or excessive caffeine, are not able to provide adequate hormone amounts, and may have more severe menopausal symptoms. Estrogen can also be produced in the fat cells from androgens. This is why obese women often experience fewer menopausal symptoms.
The key to managing the symptoms of menopause and enjoying good health during the post-menopausal years is to address factors causing hormone imbalance (especially stress), make dietary and lifestyle adjustments, and use a menopausal supplement to optimize health.
Dietary Recommendations Foods to include:
- Vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and legumes provide essential vitamins, minerals, anti- oxidants, fibre, and compounds that can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease and improve overall health. In particular, load up on broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage, as these vegetables contain compounds that help the liver process hormones while reducing the risk of breast cancer.
- Soy foods (tofu, soy milk, soybeans, tempeh, and soy nuts) contain isoflavones (plant- based estrogens), which help minimize menopausal symptoms, offer protection against breast cancer, and improve bone health. Aim for two servings of these foods daily. It may take several weeks to notice benefits. Soy is often found as well in a menopausal supplement.
- Flaxseed is a rich source of fibre, which promotes bowel regularity and reduces the risk of colon and breast cancer and lowers cholesterol. It also contains lignans (another form of phytoestrogen), which may help balance estrogens and reduce menopausal symptoms.
- Fish, nuts, and seeds contain essential fatty acids that are important for heart and skin health.
- Alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods can worsen hot flashes.
- Saturated fat (red meat) and trans fat (processed, deep-fried, and fast foods) increase the risk of heart disease.
- Fish oils help to protect against heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing atherosclerosis, and protecting against heart attack.
Dosage: 1,000–3,000 mg daily.
Foods to avoid
Menopause is a natural experience in a woman’s life that should be welcomed as an important milestone. While there may be certain symptoms, they are usually short-lived and can often be managed effectively with proper lifestyle measures and with the right herbs, minerals and the correct vitamin for menopause relief.