Easing The Pain With Menopausal Supplements

Without a doubt, one of the greatest changes a woman may face in her life is going through menopause. This is the change of life when the child bearing years officially end. Hormone levels decline and this can lead to physical discomfort and emotional mood swings. Women often seek help to assist them in adjusting to these changes in the form of menopausal supplements.  Fortunately, there are a few  that have been known to be of help.

One in particular is St. John’s Wort. This has been used historically to help relieve cases of mild depression, and it now appears that St. John’s Wort may be also helpful in regulating the mood swings related to menopause. Vitamin B6 may also help regulate the production of hormones, and may compensate for declining hormone levels brought on by the change of life.

Menopausal supplements that include Black Cohosh and Dong Quai may help since both have a history of helping to reduce the incidence of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, headaches, and irritability.

Menopause also brings about some dramatic physical changes in a woman’s body. Perhaps one of the most serious is a woman’s increasing risk for heart disease. Up until menopause women’s hearts are protected by estrogen. Once estrogen levels begin to decline in our mid 30′s, our risk for heart disease increases.

Osteoporosis can also effect 1 in 4 postmenopausal women.  This happens when not enough calcium is produced, and the body begins to take calcium for its needs from the bones themselves,  resulting in bone loss and leaving the bones susceptible to fractures and breaks.

Women shopping for menopausal supplements need to be careful. A number of the supplements on the market have not been completely tested, and their viability in controlling menopausal difficulties is not yet completely established. It is also possible that a woman may be allergic to a given herb or vitamin.  A consultation with a doctor is advised before beginning any  menopausal supplement.

It’s also good to remember that menopausal supplements work best when they are a part of an overall plan that includes a healthy diet, exercise and a positive attitude.