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Four Vitamins for Menopause January 5, 2010

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Everyone knows that vitamins are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many health problems are caused by a lack of essential vitamins. As we get older some people need more vitamins to stay healthy as their natural reserves are depleted. This is especially true during menopause as extra amounts of vitamins can help women ease into menopause.

Today doctors are quick to turn to HRT to solve menopausal symptoms. In reality many menopausal symptoms can be relieved through natural methods saving you from the risk associated with HRT. You do not need to take a bunch of different herbs to get natural menopause relief as many women think. Simply increasing your intake of vitamins B, C, E, and K can relieve many of your menopausal symptoms.

Vitamin B is one of the most important vitamin groups. There are eight different B-vitamins, known together as the vitamin B complex. B vitamins are essential to support a health metabolism, maintain skin health and muscle tone, enhance nervous system function, and promote cell growth. Vitamin B deficiency is associated with a number of conditions, many of them life threatening. Most people do not need to supplement their vitamin B intake, but seniors may due difficulty with nutrient absorption.

Vitamin C is most commonly associated with boosting the immune system and a good cure for the common cold. It is also necessary for the creation of collagen which is a key component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones. The C vitamin is also a very effective antioxidant. Deficiency of this vitamin is known as scurvy, which was prominent in early sailors, and is potentially fatal.

Vitamin E is another essential vitamin that can be very beneficial during menopause. It has been linked to support heart health when taken in moderation; however studies have also linked it to several potentially fatal conditions.

Vitamin K can help prevent a few different conditions. Recently, it has been linked to good bone health when taken with vitamin D. This is important for menopausal woman as they are at a higher risk for osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Evidence shows that vitamin K that may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin K is also used in topical and cosmetic creams to treat under-eye circles and spider veins.

Soy Found To Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer December 9, 2009

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In a report published in the December 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1, researchers in China found that breast cancer survivors who had higher intake levels of soy foods were at a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence and death. The authors of this study explained that, “Soy foods are rich in isoflavones, a major group of phytoestrogens that have been hypothesized to reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, the estrogen-like effect of isoflavones and the potential interaction between isoflavones and tamoxifen have led to concern about soy food consumption among breast cancer patients.”1

The study analyzed data from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study which was a population-based study using over 5,000 female breast cancer survivors aged 20-75. The women were diagnosed between March 2002 and April 2006 and were studied through June 2009. The study collected data about the cancer diagnosis and treatment, lifestyle after diagnosis, and cancer progression roughly six months after the initial diagnosis. The patients were reassessed after 18, 36, and 60 months after initial diagnosis.

After a follow up of 4 years there were a documented 444 deaths and 534 cancer recurrences or breast cancer-related deaths among the 5,033 patients who where surgically treated for breast cancer. The patients who had the highest intake of soy protein had a 29 percent lower risk of death and a 32 percent lower risk of breast cancer recurrence. The researchers explained in their study that, “The inverse association was evident among women with either estrogen receptor-positive or -negative breast cancer and was present in both users and nonusers of tamoxifen.”1

Soy has also been found to help with many other conditions such as menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis. Soy can be found in a number of things from chocolate bars (soy lecithin) to potato chips as well as many vegetarian food products.

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Uses based on scientific evidence Grade*
Dietary source of protein

Soy products, such as tofu, are high in protein and are an acceptable source of dietary protein.

A
High cholesterol

Numerous human studies report that adding soy protein to the diet can moderately decrease blood levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol). Small reductions in triglycerides may also occur, while high-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol) is altered in some, but not all, studies. Some scientists have proposed that specific components of soybean, such as the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, may be responsible for the cholesterol-lowering properties of soy. However, this has not been clearly demonstrated in research and remains controversial. It is not known if products containing isolated soy isoflavones have the same effects as regular dietary intake of soy protein. Dietary soy protein has not been proven to affect long-term cardiovascular outcomes, such as heart attack or stroke.

A
Diarrhea (acute) in infants and young children

Numerous studies report that infants and young children (2-36 months old) with diarrhea who are fed soy formulas experience fewer daily bowel movements and fewer days of diarrhea. This research suggests that soy has benefits over other types of formula, including cow milk-based solutions. The addition of soy fiber to soy formula may increase the effectiveness. Better quality research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.Parents are advised to speak with qualified healthcare providers if their infants experience prolonged diarrhea, become dehydrated, develop signs of infections (such as fever), or have blood in the stool. A healthcare provider should be consulted for current breastfeeding recommendations and to suggest long-term formulas that provide enough nutrition.

B
Allergies (prevention of food allergies)

Soy formulas are commonly used by infants with sensitivities to milk-based formulas. There is currently little evidence to support the use of soy formulas for preventing food allergies. Further research is needed in this field.

C
Antioxidant

There is some evidence in support of soy increasing antioxidant status in humans. In general, diets high in plant foods may offer antioxidant benefits. Further research is required in this field before recommendations can be made.

C
Bowel/intestinal disorders

The effect of soy on erosive-ulcer lesions of the alimentary tract has been examined in limited study. Overall, the effects of soy products appear beneficial. Further study is required before recommendations can be made.

C
Cancer (prevention and treatment)

Several large population studies have asked people about their eating habits and reported that higher soy intake (such as dietary tofu) is associated with a decreased risk of developing various types of cancers, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer. However, other research suggests that soy does not have this effect. Until better research is available, it remains unclear if dietary soy or soy isoflavone supplements increase or decrease the risk of these cancers.

C
Cardiovascular disease

Dietary soy protein has not been shown to affect long-term cardiovascular outcomes, such as heart attack or stroke. Research does suggest cholesterol-lowering effects of dietary soy, which in theory, may reduce the risk of heart problems. Soy has also been studied for blood pressure-lowering and blood sugar-reducing properties in people with type 2 diabetes, although the evidence is not definitive in these areas. In women with suspected cardiac ischemia, high levels of the soy isoflavone genistein have been associated with blood vessel problems. Further investigation is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

C
Cognitive function

It is unclear if soy isoflavone supplementation in postmenopausal women can improve cognitive function. Results from studies are mixed.

C
Crohn’s disease

Due to limited human research, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a way to prevent Crohn’s disease. Further research is needed before a recommendation can be made.

C
Cyclical breast pain

It has been theorized that the “phytoestrogens” (plant-based compounds with weak estrogen-like properties) in soy may be beneficial to premenopausal women with cyclical breast pain. However, due to limited human research, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of dietary soy protein as a therapy for this condition.

C
Diabetes

Several small studies have examined the effects of soy products on blood sugar levels in people with type 2 (“adult-onset”) diabetes. Results are mixed, with some research reporting decreased blood glucose levels and other trials noting no effects. Overall, research in this area is not well designed or reported and better information is needed.

C
Exercise performance enhancement

Soy protein has been investigated as a source of protein with potential for benefit in exercise performance. In general, research findings suggest soy protein is better than no protein but is unlikely to be superior to other sources of protein. Further research is required in this field.

C
Gallstones (cholelithiasis)

Due to limited human research, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a therapy in cholelithiasis. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

C
Gastrointestinal motility

In limited available studies, the addition of soy polysaccharide to non-regular diets increased the moisture content of stool and decreased the number of liquid stools. It is not clear if soy polysaccharide would be superior to other fiber sources in this regard.

C
High blood pressure

There is limited human research on the effects of dietary soy on blood pressure. Some research suggests that substituting soy nuts for non-soy protein may help improve blood pressure. Further research is needed before a firm recommendation can be made.

C
Infantile colic

There is currently a lack of scientific evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy formula for fussiness and gas in infants with cow’s milk allergy over a partially hydrolyzed cow’s milk protein formula.

C
Inflammation

There is currently a lack of scientific evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy protein on inflammation associated with hemodialysis (removal of waste products from the blood).

C
Iron deficiency anemia

There is currently a lack of sufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy-based formula in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in children.

C
Kidney disease (chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, proteinuria)

Due to limited human study, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy in the treatment of kidney diseases, such as nephrotic syndrome. People with kidney disease should speak with their healthcare providers about the recommended amounts of dietary protein because soy is a high-protein food.

C
Menopausal symptoms

Overall, evidence suggests that soy products containing isoflavones may help reduce menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. More study is needed to confirm this use.

C
Menstrual migraine

A phytoestrogen combination may help prevent menstrual migraine attacks. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

C
Metabolic syndrome

Treatment with soy protein and soy nuts was evaluated in patients with metabolic syndrome and benefits were found in terms of plasma lipids in patients consuming soy nuts as part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Further research is required in this field in terms of soy protein supplementation.

C
Obesity/weight reduction

Some research suggests that soy might be as effective as skim milk and more effective than a low-calorie diet alone in reducing weight. Other research has reported conflicting results. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

C
Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Early research suggests that intake of soy protein may be associated with reduced symptoms of osteoarthritis.

C
Osteoporosis

It has been theorized that “phytoestrogens in soy” (such as isoflavones) may increase bone mineral density in post-menopausal women and reduce the risk of fractures. However, more research is needed before a conclusion can be made.

C
Quality of life

The effect of soy on quality of life has been investigated in limited study. Further study is required before recommendations can be made.

C
Rheumatoid arthritis

There is currently insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

C
Skin aging

It is unclear if aglycones, a form of soy isoflavone, can improve aged skin in middle-aged women when it is taken by mouth. More research is needed.

C
Skin damage caused by the sun

A soy moisturizing cream may help improve signs of sun damage, including discoloration, blotchiness, dullness, fine lines, and overall texture. Because the cream contained other ingredients besides soy, more research with soy alone is needed.

C
Spinal cord injury

Whey protein has traditionally been used as a protein source to increase body strength. Limited available study investigated whether soy protein could be used to increase ambulation performance in patients with incomplete spinal cord injury. There is currently not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a treatment for increased endurance in individuals with spinal cord injury.

C
Thyroid disorders

Early research suggests that soy supplements do not affect thyroid function. More research is needed.

C
Tuberculosis

It has been suggested that soy may be beneficial for tuberculosis when taken with standard medications. According to early research, soy may improve the process of detoxification, have positive effects on the liver, reduce cell damage, and decrease inflammation. Therefore, soy supplements may allow patients to safely take higher doses of antimicrobial drugs that are used to treat tuberculosis.

C
Weight gain (infants)

In limited study, weaning infants with cow’s milk allergy to soy based formula resulted in reduced weight for age as compared with formulas containing hydrolyzed proteins (broken down). Further research is required in this field.

C

*Key to grades

A: Strong scientific evidence for this use;

B: Good scientific evidence for this use;

C: Unclear scientific evidence for this use;

D: Fair scientific evidence against this use;

F: Strong scientific evidence against this use.

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How to Choose the Right Natural Menopause Relief Product November 30, 2009

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There are dozens of products that you could take try to relieve your menopausal symptoms, but which ones will work for you? Many women ask themselves this question as they enter menopause and are lost in a sea of advertisements and information. Each menopause experience is different as well as the person going through it; what works for someone else may not work for you, and what works for you may not work for others.

Menopause relief is not an exact science even with today’s modern medicine. The medical community thought the HRT was a breakthrough until reports showed that it increased cancer risk. This has many women turning away from HRT and looking towards other methods. There are really two courses of action that you can take when looking for menopause relief.

Many women figure going to the doctor is the best bet as they can assess your situation and prescribe you one or more medications to help relieve many of the symptoms. If the meds fail, the doctor can prescribe you something else until you find out what works. The downside is that you will probably experience side effects that may be worse than the menopause symptoms and require more medicine. Also more and more hormone drugs are being linked to cancer and drug companies are being sued left and right.

Many women are looking towards natural alternatives to relieve their menopausal problems. Natural products are quickly gaining popularity due to the bad news coming from hormone replacement drugs. These products have worked for many women for many years so there is no reason that they should not work today. A major plus for natural menopause alternatives is that you can customize your own treatment, treating only the symptoms you

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have. The best way to find out what works is to do the research and try different things and combinations. There are some all-in-one treatments, like Feminestra, that have been through clinical trials and have been proven to work in a large majority of women.

No matter what you choose to relieve your menopause symptoms make sure you know the benefits and the risks. Do the research and find what will work the best for you. A good place to start is to look in forums and other blogs like this one for information.

Natural Menopause Products Show No Signs of Losing Popularity October 27, 2009

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woman-early-menopauseMany women going through menopause have to make a difficult choice, deal with hot flashes and night sweats, or risk cancer with HRT. However, today there is another choice; natural supplements and herbs. Since 2002, when a federal study found that HRT increased the risk of cancer in women, millions of women have tried natural alternatives with varying levels of success.

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Very few of these natural treatment options have been proven to work, but, despite that fact,women are flocking to these alternatives. Another reason that natural alternatives are gaining popularity is the fact that the treatment plans are customizable to the individual needs of the woman. Not everyone goes through menopause the same so it is only logical to treat for the symptoms that you have.

There is a dark side to natural alternative because of the fact that most of them have not been tested and fully researched. The long term side effects of many of these supplements are unknown, which can be scarier thought than hot flashes. Many of the natural products claim that they have compounds that are “bioidentical” to the estrogen that women make normally. The term “bioidentical” is, in fact, a marketing term that has no medical meaning or substance. Prescription drugs have been utilizing hormones that chemically match estrogen for some time.

However, there is a shining light when it comes to natural alternatives. Feminestra, a natural menopause relief supplement, has been clinically proven to work. They, in fact, advertise all the ingredients in their supplement on their website and advertise that they do not use any artificial hormones or chemicals. Feminestra was found effective in alleviating the symptoms of menopause in 90% of women. This clinical study showed that Feminestra has proved effective in significantly reducing the symptoms of menopause, as compared to 8% of those taking the placebo.

When choosing a natural alternative to HRT for menopausal symptoms, make sure to research each of the products you are thinking about taking and consult with a pharmacist or doctor. What might work for some may not work for you and it is important to know how different things will affect you. To learn more about different types of natural supplements Natural Menopause Relief.

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More Natural Remedies for Menopause September 25, 2009

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Here are some more natural menopause remedies that I found in a related article.
 

This decade is said to be the time when the so-called baby boomers have reached the end of their prime. Half of these baby boomers are women and are most likely experiencing menopause.

Here are some common, as well as natural menopause treatments that a woman can take to facilitate relief and comfort during this crucial period in her life.

1…It is best to eat the right kind of food at this point and complement the healthy diet with vitamins so that you still get your daily allowance. Vitamin E (500IU) and Calcium (1,000 to 1,500 mg) daily has been proven to help with the symptoms.

5…In terms of hot flashes, exercise is said to be the ultimate remedy. Exercise keeps the body active and promotes the health of the heart

Update 9/25: Extension to the list from another site. Feminestra can do what many of these do without having to take all of the extra pills

Ginseng increases the production of estrogen and protects against hot flashes;
– Dong quai helps to maintain reproductive system function, boosts heart health, and increases the efficacy of other herbs;
– Damiana increases libido and calms hot flashes;
– Black cohosh is a natural pain reliever;
– Aloe gel relieves vaginal dryness naturally;
– Sarsaparilla improves sexual desire;
– Calendula relieves vaginal dryness
– St. John’s Wort relieves mild depression.
Source: http://stress.itsacoolblog.com/natural-remedies-for-coping-with-menopause

Early Menopause August 19, 2009

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The average woman in the U.S. enters menopause around the age of 50. However, some women start menopause early before the age of 40. This is referred to as premature menopause and it can cause a number of physical and emotional problems. Early menopause can be caused by a number of things including genetics, illness, or medical procedures. Unfortunately, premature menopause cannot be reversed, but there are both natural and developed medications that will help with the sometimes unbearable symptoms of menopause.

The symptoms of early menopause are usually the same as those of natural menopause. They include irregular or missed periods, hot flashes, loss of bladder control, dry skin, vaginal dryness, emotional changes, decreased sex drive, and sleeplessness. In addition to those symptoms, women under the age of 40 and who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation, have unsuccessfully tried to become pregnant for more than a year, have a disorder such as hypothyroidism, lupus, or Graves’ disease should contact a doctor to see if they may be going through early menopause. The doctor will first rule out pregnancy and other conditions by drawing blood and performing a physical exam. They may also perform a test to measure estradiol levels. Estradiol is a form of estrogen, and low levels of this can indicate that the ovaries are starting to fail. Another test that the doctor will perform is a blood test that will measure the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This causes the ovaries to produce estrogen and FSH levels rise when the ovaries slow their production of estrogen.

Many women who are going through early menopause worry about what types of health issues they may experience. These are no different than women going through normal menopause. The lowered levels of estrogen increase the risk for conditions like osteoporosis, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cataract formation. The major difference between women undergoing premature menopause and those who are not is that the extended period of time that these women spend without the protective benefits of estrogen places them at a greater risk for those menopause related conditions.

Premature menopause is treated similar to regular menopause, however women dealing with infertility may want to discuss their options with a doctor and seek some therapy for the emotional effects. There are several options when treating the symptoms of menopause, but the two broad categories are hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and natural methods. HRT is a modern method with great success, but has recently been linked to a number of health problems. Many women turn to an all natural products such as Feminestra to relieve their menopausal symptoms.

HRT vs Feminestra August 18, 2009

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Modern medicine is a great thing. It seems that there is a cure for everything from the common cold to cancer. Although these breakthroughs are very beneficial to the quality of life, almost new medicine has side effects. These can be mild such as the occasional headache, or more serious like blood clots. It’s insane to think that to cure an illness or disease you need to take one medication for the actual problem, then three more for its side effects. A lot of people are looking to natural alternatives because of this, especially for things that happen naturally anyway like menopause.

For years there have been treatments for menopause called hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This has been a great relief for women who have especially harsh symptoms. Although this type of treatment has great benefits, some think the side effects are too much. The most common side effects are headaches, stomach cramps, nausea, hair loss, breast pain, and vaginal bleeding. Some of the more serious side effects can include breast cancer, uterine cancer, stroke, heart attack, blood clots, ovarian cancer, and gallbladder disease. With life threatening side effects, however rare they may be, who would want to subject themselves to this type of treatment? Thankfully there are natural alternatives that have virtually no side effects which mean fewer medications in the long run.

Feminestra is one of those alternatives. Feminestra is a blend of rice bran oil, and gamma oryzanol from one specific part of Japan. This is because a recent study published in The Lancet (Vol. 352, Issue 9142, Pg 1762, 28 Nov. 1998), a British medical journal, showed that Japanese women experienced fewer menopausal symptoms then Western women. The reason was linked to the amount of phytoestrogens, or plant estrogens, that the Japanese women consumed. These were found in foods like soybeans, tofu, miso, pomegranates, and dates. The special blend of all natural ingredients found in Feminestra has been proven to eliminate most harmful effects of menopause and may eliminate the lesser effects like night sweats and hot flashes. Another benefit of Feminestra is that you do not run the risk of having those harmful side effects that modern treatments have.

Natural Menopause Relief August 13, 2009

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Menopause is the cessation of the monthly menstrual cycle that will come later in life. Before this cycle will come to a complete stop, there will be an extended period of time during which the body is preparing itself for this change. This perimenopausal time can last for a number of years. It is during this time that symptoms such as mood swings and hot flashes occur.

For younger women, regular menstrual cycles are dependent upon a balance of estrogen, progesterone, LH, and FSH. When things are working as they should, estrogen levels will fall and FSH and LH levels will rise on schedule. But during the perimenopausal years, these balances can tend to fluctuate back and forth. After the process of menopause is complete, estrogen and progesterone will remain low and FSH and LH will remain high. Some of the symptoms requiring natural menopause relief might include a degree of memory loss, irritability, heart palpitations, sudden changes of emotions, irregular menstrual cycles, vaginal dryness, fatigue, anxiety, ringing in the ears, a sense of dread, loss of libido, and changes in the skin such as dryness or itchiness. While these issues that are typically associated with the perimenopausal years can also related to other medical problems, they are only part of a long list of the symptoms that a woman may experience during this time of change. A perimenopausal woman might also experience hot or cold flashes, incontinence, aches and soreness in the tendons or joints, tenderness in the breast, muscle tension, depression, gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, nausea, indigestion, gas pain and flatulence, an up tick in allergy symptoms, weight gain, body odor changes, a thinning of hair, light headed feelings, skin tingling in the extremities, changes in the gums, changes in breath odor, fingernail cracking, and problems with concentration.

With such a list of unpleasant symptoms, it is no wonder that women eagerly seek natural menopause relief. It can be comforting to note that these symptoms are both temporary and are part of a natural process of life. Something as simple as a woman’s diet can provide natural menopause relief. For example, foods that are high in vitamin E may have the ability to help the thyroid gland to function more efficiently. Women who struggle with cysts in the breast may benefit from this vitamin as well. Fish, liver, brown rice, kale, asparagus, cucumbers, lamb, sesame oil, and safflower are good sources of vitamin E. However, individuals with high blood pressure or rheumatic heart disease may want to discuss vitamin E with their doctor before making changes in the diet. Vitamin C can be helpful for women who experience infections of the urinary tract on a regular basis. Vitamin B complex can also have many benefits. Digestive problems may respond well to this vitamin. Some women also claim that B complex provides them with extra energy and can help to address irritability issues.
Feminestra is an all-natural supplement for women that has been clinically verified to naturally alleviate the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and general nervousness.