Natural Menopause Treatment Options
Menopause is the point in a woman’s life when she stops ovulating. This "change of life" often has a profound impact on women. With the impact of hormone replacement therapy increasingly being brought into question, many women are pursuing natural therapies to treat the symptoms of menopause. The following is a short list of supplements considered by many to be highly effective:
Evening Primrose Oil can help to alleviate symptoms such as headaches, irritability, cramping, and water retention.
Flax Seed Oil is highly effective as a remedy for depression and fatigue. It works by helping your body replenish prostaglandin. It is also known to lower cholesterol, and to make insulin more effective.
Vitamin B6 works by increasing progesterone. It also enhances serotonin production, thereby creating a sense of calm.
Vitamin E is considered by many to be a form of hormone replacement in a bottle.
Vitamin C is highly effective in keeping your immune system strong. 5000mg/day, in divided doses, is recommended for the average adult.
Zinc can also play a big role in treating the symptoms of menopause, by helping to increase progesterone and lower estrogen.
The list above is not complete by any means. Many women have been treated by homeopathic doctors, and many others by traditional Chinese herbalists. There are options available to you, if only you seek them out.
A healthy diet is crucial for optimum health. Consider switching to a "whole" food diet consisting of unprocessed foods. Fruits, vegetables, and beans should all be included. Soy products contain phytoestrogen, which acts as a mild form of estrogen in the body. So be sure to include these food sources in your diet, and eat for optimum health.
Exercise is equally important in treating the symptoms of menopause. Physical exercise has shown to decrease hot flashes, depression, and weight gain. It can also benefit sleep patterns and help to maintain health cholesterol levels. Aerobic exercise will help your cardiovascular system, and resistance training is particularly useful in preventing osteoporosis. Exercise does not have to take place in a gym. Make it fun! Walk your dog twice as far or for twice as long! Or why not have your husband take you out for a night of dancing?
About the Author: Caren Killtral is a believer in natural health therapies and a member of the editorial team at menopauseinsight.com – a menopause resource site with information on hormone replacement therapy(HRT), menopause tests, menopause creams and more.