Menopause Vitamins

vitamins for menopauseReaching `middle age` is a special time in a womans life, but unfortunately not always an easy one!  By the time most women reach 50 they find themselves with an unfamiliar body that behaves in a totally alien way and over which they have little control. That`s why specific menopause vitamins are so important as a natural menopause remedy.

Why Are Vitamins So Important?

As we all know, it is vitally important that we get the correct amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to enable our bodies to function at its peak.  Especially as we age and our body needs a little extra help, But what happens, during those times when this just is not possible? Perhaps during illness, or when women want to alleviate menopausal symptoms.

Which Ones Are The Right Ones?

Vitamin tablets have always been popular to `top up` our daily amount and to ensure that we receive adequate quantities. But how much do we actually know about these formulations and how do we go about selecting the right menopause vitamins for our needs?

If you believe that the one-a-day vitamin pill can provide you with all the nutrients your body needs, then think again. Trying to include all the nutrients and vitamins in one tablet, would make it impossibly large. There is a limit to how much can be put in one capsule before it gets as big as a ball.  So if a brand of multi vitamins claims to be the best in the world, but are the one-a-day type, it`s probably best to keep your distance.

Interestingly, one of the most popular one-a-day formulas for menopausal vitamins, contains only 30 IU’s (int’l units) of vitamin E, and only 150 mg. calcium.  It’s an acknowledged fact that, perimenopausal women require 1250 mg. of calcium per day and postmenopausal women 1500 mg. daily, to keep their bones strong.  In addition, folic acid is essential for heart health and so any formula not containing at least 400 mcg. is certainly not ideal.

Getting The Right Balance

An important point to remember, is that menopause vitamins, minerals and other nutrients work synergistically, vitamins for menopausemeaning that other nutrients are required to enable any of the vitamins to perform at their best.  For example, calcium needs vitamin D to be absorbed and vitamin E must have zinc.  So it is worth doing your homework to find out which vitamins require `support` to do their work.

The ingredients used in multi vitamins also vary in their potency, from brand to brand.  And with the makers of these formulas being unregulated and some of the cheaper types containing fillers and other useless ingredients, how on earth are women supposed to know which is the best for us?

`Natural` Isn`t Always  Best

The trick is to educate yourself.  Find out as much information as you can about menopause vitamins and minerals before using anything.  Try different combinations until you find the right one.  If you’re using any prescription or over the counter medication(s), before adding extra vitamins to your diet, it’s important to check with your healthcare professional to be sure there is no chance of one counter acting the other.  Just because it may say “natural” on the label, doesn’t mean it can’t cause toxicity or other health issues.

Menopause Signs

signs of menopauseFor most women under the age of 45, the menopause or “the change”, has little importance.  But as the years pass and you find yourself nudging 50 you are faced with the inevitable transition that we all eventually go through and notice the arrival of the ominous menopause signs.

This is the time when information and options become vital to your success in making the journey progress as smoothly as possible.  Yet how much do we actually know about menopause and the effect that it has on our bodies?

The Usual Age For Menopause

For most women, menopause begins around the age of 51 (give or take a few years). When a woman under 45 goes through it, it`s called premature menopause.  This is very rare and only happens to one percent of women under the age of 40.  Although women who smoke have an earlier menopause than non-smokers, they also have worse hot flashes. It’s never too late to stop smoking.

As a woman ages, the level of the hormone estrogen – which regulates our monthly period – drops and we begin to notice the menopause signs and symptoms.

Some Menopause Signs:

  •     Experiencing having hot flashes and becoming hot while you are asleep
  •     Intercourse is painful
  •     Libido has dropped
  •     Have vaginal and/or bladder infections
  •     Small amounts of urine leak when laughing or sneezing
  •     Difficulty getting to sleep and constantly waking up
  •     Being frequently tired and weary
  •     Difficulty concentrating
  •     Having more gas
  •     Forgetting things
  •     Skin is drier and less firm and sometimes itchy
  •       Weight gain
  •      Muscle or joint ache

Post Menopause

Overtime, periods will become less frequent, until they stop altogether. Once a year has passed with no period, the woman is described as post menopausal.  However, it is still possible to become pregnant for up to two years after the last period if under 50, and for one year over 50.  So it is important to continue with contraception until this time has passed.

Symptoms Of Menopause

Menopause signs and symptoms include, bloating, difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, menopause signsdepression and vaginal dryness.  But there are many, many ways that a woman can help herself alleviate, if not cure some or all of her symptoms.

Take Care Of Yourself

Healthy eating, regular exercise, limited caffeine and alcohol, will help women cope with changes and improve their general health and well being.  Include unrefined food wherever possible rather than convenience foods and sugary snacks.

Many of our diets may be deficient in some minerals and vitamins, vegetarians for instance may be lacking in the B group of vitamins.  Speak with a nutritionist if you think that you may be lacking and either include a wider variety of foods in your diet or perhaps take a vitamin supplement to make up the shortfall.

Menopause is a time of many changes for a woman and with the erratic levels of hormones, it may be that she finds herself subject to rapid mood changes and perhaps even times of depression.  It is important that any woman who is struggling to cope with the menopause signs and symptoms, seek professional help.

A New Stage 

signs of menopauseBy looking upon menopause as a time of freedom from menopausal cramps, monthly periods and birth control, women will begin to see this as a positive change.  The progression signals a whole new chapter in the life of a mature woman and one that will be happier if she embraces it without fear or regret.

Surround yourself with people who will support you when you need it and cheer you if you feel teary….and you will find the entire experience a whole lot easier.

For more on menopause signs, watch this video.

 

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