Menopause is a time in millions of women’s lives when the faithful ovaries which have supported her almost all of her life, producing her female hormones, estrogens and progesterone, keeping her young, healthy and fertile, reach their retirement phase and fail to produce adequate levels to sustain optimum female youth, hormone health and fertility. Apart from a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest and absence of too much alcohol and no smoking or street drugs) a peri-menopausal, or post-menopausal women needs hormone support in the form of natural supplements and if necessary hormone replacement therapy. There are 2 different types of hormone replacement therapy, HRT which uses pharmaceutical replacement hormones and BHRT which uses bio-identical replacement hormones (the same hormones which your body manufactures). HRT is more potent in action but also carries the risk of side effects. BHRT is more natural and subtle without the risk of more serious side effects. For BHRT it is important to consult an Integrative Medicine Physician.
Natural products which may assist or support the menopause condition include:
Vitamins: C, B complex, E, D3, Folate, K2
Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Boron, Chromium
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3, Omega 6
Medicinal Herbs & Plants: Chaste Berry, Dong Quai, Red Clover, Maca, Soy Isoflavones, Sepia, Gotu Kola, Wild Yam, Black Cohosh
XTREME HEALTH.CO.ZA has formulated a food supplement called MENOPAUSE SUPPORT CAPSULES (60) targeted at helping women with the menopause and symptoms like hot flashes, fluctuating mood and emotions, insomnia, night sweats and vaginal dryness.
The product contains the following nutritional and plant based ingredients which have been researched for efficacy but more research is required and is on going.
- Vitamin E
- Soy Isoflavones
- Chaste Berry extract
- Dong Quai extract
- Maca Root extract
- Red Clover extract
Additional benefits reported in the research literature include: increased libido, improved circulation and heart health, enhanced sense of well-being, improved mental performance, help reduce lumpy breasts (fibrocystic breasts), help increase or balance estrogen and progesterone levels, help reduce bloating and headaches. The isoflavones in the extracts especially from soy and red clover, have an estrogenic type of effect. These ingredients can also help improve bone mass and antioxidant levels, as well as help to prevent osteoporosis and accelerated ageing.
Caution and Note: Not to be taken if you have a hormone driven medical disorder like breast, ovarian or uterus cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Individuals on blood thinners like Warfarin should not take Dong Quai in high doses as it has blood thinning properties.
Directions: Take 2 capsules every morning.
This product is recommended for women wanting natural supplementary support for the menopause and post menopause phases.
References: For scientific references and research studies contact LIFEXMED (Pty) Ltd or XTREME HEALTH (Pty) Ltd.
For further information or to purchase the product go to www.xtremehealth.co.za or www.lifexmed.co.za