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Vitamins and Premenopause

Updated on March 4, 2012

Vitamins

Vitamins and premenopause Naama y.m. from www.sxc.hu
Vitamins and premenopause Naama y.m. from www.sxc.hu

Vitamins may help to support the health of women experiencing premenopausal symptoms. It is most important to recognize that an adequate hormonal supply and hormonal balance greatly reduces the expression of these symptoms. The first course of action is to help stabilize and regulate the hormonal balance, then further support the premenopausal condition with a healthy diet and lifestyle, supported by vitamins and supplements.

Hormone Levels

A stabilized balance of estrogen and progesterone levels in the body greatly affects the premenopausal state. While the body's production of estrogen can be supported and boosted with herbal supplements and vitamins, progesterone supplements may be needed when the ovaries no longer produce this hormone. Progesterone is available from both synthetic and natural sources.

Vitamins as Hormone Precursors

The vitamins that are effective in relieving premenopausal symptoms help the body by acting as precursors--chemicals that are changed into another compound--for estrogen and progesterone. These vitamins include vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin B5.

Types of Vitamins

The vitamins that yield the best results in curbing premenopause symptoms include amino acids, the protein building blocks, and antioxidants, organic substances that protect tissues from oxidation. Furthermore, bioflavonoids, yellow compounds found in plants, such as citrus and rose hips, and neuronutrients, which support nerve health, also help balance the body's hormonal expression. Herbal extracts, enzymes and carotenoids are other vitamins and supplements that provide premenopause support.

Herbal extracts are potent concentrations of herbs, enzymes are proteins that work to catalyze chemical reactions, and carotenoids are the yellow and red pigments found in plants and animals. There are many formulations of these vitamins available for convenient use.

Black Cohosh

Taking black cohosh as a vitamin supplement helps to relieve some of the physical symptoms of the premenopausal state, such as irritability, hot flashes, irregular sleep, vertigo and heart palpitations. According to Safe Alternative Medicine, black cohosh is a natural source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and vitamin B5.

Isoflavones and Red Clover

Isoflavones help to lower cholesterol and they lower the amount of stress proteins that are produced in the cells. They are found in many legumes, such as beans, and they are known to play a beneficial role in osteoporosis, vaginitis and autoimmune conditions.

Using red clover may help with breast tenderness and hot flashes. According to Vitamin Stuff, red clover is a natural source of vitamin E and the phytoestrogens--plant compounds that function like estrogen--genistein, daidzein, biochanin-A and formononetin.

When to Begin?

Taking vitamins for premenopausal symptoms can begin long before menopause sets in. Taking these vitamins and supplements, enhanced with a balanced, whole-food diet and healthy lifestyle, should begin in the 20s, when a woman's body is very strong. These vitamins will continue to support the overall health of the woman as she enters her menopausal years.

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    • Naima Manal profile imageAUTHOR

      Naima Manal 

      7 years ago from NY

      Thank you very much. Experiencing menopause is a natural process, and it is comforting to know there are natural supplements available to cope with its physiologic and emotional transitions.

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      Debbie Morgan 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a useful hub. I never had any love lost for supplements even though they would be natural. I always believed that by eating right we could provide our body with all the nutrients. However, at the age of 43 when my body started showing pre-menopause symptoms, no amount of broccoli, spinach and fruits servings could provide me relief from hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Tired with sleepless nights and agitated because of untimely hot flashes I thought of giving natural supplements a shot. After a thorough research, I ordered Femestra from http://www.femestra.com/ and after 6 months of regular usage, I do not regret my decision. These herbal pills made using rice bran extracts are loaded with all the vitamins (A, E, B, amino acids etc) mentioned in your post and much more. A good source of powerful antioxidant gamma oryzanol, Femestra helped my body to secrete right levels of estrogen and progesterone that alleviated all my menopause symptoms. Using right supplement that is a beautiful amalgamation of over 100 vitamins and minerals can change your life for good when you hit menopause. I have personally experienced the benefits by using one such amazing herbal supplement, Femestra.

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