I know this from personal experience. Around 50, I started having hot flashes, brain fog, loss of sleep, night sweats, achy joints and depression. At times, I even felt like I was losing my mind! We were told about menopause symptoms, but until we actually experience them, we don't know the frustration of losing sleep and feeling old before our time.
Like you, I didn't want to take unnecessary chemicals through hormone replacement therapy, where the hormones are derived from animals. Through my own experimentation and research, I found what worked for me and relieved my menopause symptoms. I feel that these natural remedies for menopause will work for you, too. I never thought something so simple, inexpensive, and healthy could give me menopause relief, but it does. I have researched and found just the right doses of the best products and herbs for menopause that will do the trick!
Black cohosh has a long history of medicinal use by North American Indians to address gynecological disorders. It's been a popular treatment in Europe since the 1950's, and is widely used today for relief from overall menopause symptoms . Black cohosh is also an excellent treatment for menstrual cramps, and premenstrual syndrome. There are different forms and strengths sold on the market. Black cohosh is generally consumed in capsules. The typical daily dose for menopause symptoms is 1,000 mg to 1,500 mg of black cohosh root taken in 2-3 divided doses. Or 40 to 80 mg of black cohosh extracts taken two times per day.
Organic Golden Flax Seed - Cold-Milled
Just 2 Tablespoons of flax seed a day is what soothes my hot flashes. It can be mixed with virtually everything—smoothies, cereal, yogurt, salad, pasta, juice, ice cream, oatmeal and baked goods. I like to mix mine in a chocolate muffin recipe. The Flax USA 100% Natural Organic Flax Seed uses a unique cold-milled process, which gently grinds the seed without significantly raising the temperature. This proprietary method preserves the nutrients, flavor and extends the shelf life to 22 months. The result is flax seed that is golden in color, very flavorful, and finely ground. Read about the flax seed hot flash study. I don't need a study to know that it has worked for me! As an added bonus, flax seed reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
Like flax seed, soy isoflavones are a phytoestrogen, which is a plant metabolite. It's used to mimic the estrogen activity in the body. Many people feel that it should only be used by women over 50, because it is so high in phytoetrogens. I tried taking soy isoflavones for a week, but I found that I have a soy allergy, so I switched to flax seed as my choice for my phytoestrogen rich food. You may find that Nature's Way Soy Isoflavones are a better choice for your menopause symptoms. It's definitely worth a try. The dosage for soy isoflavones is 40mg-80mg a day.
I take NOW Foods Fish Oil 3-6-9 as one of my natural remedies for menopause symptoms. I only have to take take 2 capsules a day to feel relief. A recent study showed that fish oil cut the number of hot flashes by half in women ages 40 – 55. The women took fish oil supplements for about 8 weeks. The same researchers also found that fish oil improved symptoms of moderate to severe psychological distress. Fish oil has been found to help relieve depression, bipolar disorder and some memory problems. Plus, fish oil reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, maintains the nervous system and is excellent for inflammation.
Turmeric is a miracle herb! I believe it has been the most helpful in my menopause arsenal. Turmeric is another great phytoestrogen with added benefits. Turmeric works an anti-inflammatory and has a wide range of pharmacological properties. It works both as a pain killer and an anti-depressant. I use it to relieve my joint and body pains. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is comparable to antidepressants. But unlike other antidepressants, curcumin will not cause adverse effects. Another added bonus of turmeric is that it reduces hair growth on the body. That's good for those unsightly chin hairs that pop up during menopause! A dose of 750 mg two times daily is recommended, so the best choice is Swanson's Premium Turmeric.
Another menopause treatment that I haven't personally tried, is red clover. The above remedies worked for me, but red clover may be something that you will want to try. The Red Clover's blossom is the part of the plant that is used. One Danish study found, on average, that the women who received the red clover had the frequency of their hot flashes reduced by 1/3. And the hot flashes that they did experience were not as intense. Because of this, they felt better during the day and could sleep better at night. Also, the women’s hormonal levels and their loss of bone mass was stabilized which is good in combating osteoporosis.
Natural Progesterone Creams
Progesterone is needed in hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women because it needs to balance the effects of estrogen. Estrogen levels drop only 40-60% at menopause, which is just enough to stop the menstrual cycle. But progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women. Because of this, progesterone needs to be replaced. If taken orally, 80%-90% is lost through the liver. So, a person would have to ingest large quantities to get the same effect that a trans-dermal cream gives. Absorption is best at the face, neck, chest, breasts, inner arms and palms of the hands. Emerita Pro-Gest Cream is the brand that I use. Not all creams are created equal. Progesterone creams should contain 450-500 mg of progesterone per ounce. The approximate dosage for menopausal women is 1/4 tsp .
All the supplements and products listed here are safe and have additional health benefits for all people, especially for those that need help with peri-menpause symptoms. If you don't feel like taking multiple products, you can always buy one of the natural remedies for menopause that comes in one bottle. Estroven Menopause Relief comes highly recommended with great reviews. I choose to take separate products, because I don't want to have any soy. Plus, these supplements that come in one bottle, don't include all the menopause remedies that I have listed. I want to pick the grade, strength and manufacturer of each product. It's just my personal preference. The good news is that you WILL find relief for your menopause symptoms!!