Lignans for Osteoporosis

We were told a real good news story at market last weekend and thought it was important to share especially with “ladies of a certain age”. It’s well know that linseed is great for balancing ladies’ hormones; at market on Saturday a lady and her husband told us and our customers how it had helped them. 16 years ago the lady had been diagnosed with osteoporosis, the doctor wanted her to go on HRT but she wasn’t having that! So she took linseed instead and improved her diet; the result as her husband put it “it cleared it up a treat” and now aged 74 she hasn’t got osteoporosis and he, aged 78, had survived an aggressive cancer.

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of developing Osteoporosis

About half the women in the UK are destined to develop osteoporosis and many will suffer life-threatening fractures. Maintaining bone density plays an important role in preventing this danger. A good diet helps, but surprisingly a lot of meat, fish and dairy foods in the diet can increase your chance of developing osteoporosis. Increasing your omega-3 and linseed is an excellent source helps with maintaining health y bones.

Beware of Milk, Cheese and Yoghurt

Don’t think all that calcium in milk, cheese and yoghurt will automatically be used by the body to strengthen bones, it can actually weaken them (the US has the world’s highest intake of dairy and the highest incidence of osteoporosis!) Too much protein food and not enough vegetables is a big part of the problem as it unbalances and acidifies the blood chemistry resulting in calcium being leached from the bones as the body tries to correct the blood chemistry. (Eskimos find their diet rich in omega-3 helps protect them from heart disease but osteoporosis is a real problem.)

In young people their hormones fight hard to keep the bones strong, but as women age, more so after the menopause, our hormones levels reduce, calcium is no longer replaced in the bones and bone strength diminishes.

Osteoporosis is symptomless as it progresses until there is a fracture, by which time the problem advanced.

Linseed (Flax) Lignans for Ladies

Linseed is called Nature’s HRT, it is a traditional remedy used by many women during the menopause because it makes them feel better and helps alleviate the usual symptoms but what we often forget is it can also help maintain health in our bones.

The great benefit of linseed for ladies hormones comes from compounds in the husk called lignans. These are powerful antioxidants which also have a gentle oestrogen-like effect and this is what pro-actively helps keep the bones strong.

How to use Linseed for Strong Bones:

Add 1-2 ounces of Ground Linseed Meal to your food every day. See our recipes for ideas.

Other Tips for Healthy Bones:

Try to reduce the cheese, yoghurt and milk
Reduce Meat
Don’t overdo the sugar or alcohol.
Increase vegetables, especially the leafy green ones.
Take plenty of exercise. Don’t overdo it but include walking, weights, jogging, dancing, Pilates, aerobics. (It is always best to check with the doctor first before undertaking vigorous activity you are not used to.)

Are You In Menopause?

Not Sure Whether You`re In Menopause?

 

Answer each of the following questions and check your results at the end to help decide if you`re in menopause

1) Are your periods irregular?

o Yes
o No

2) Do you `spot` between cycles?

o Yes
o No

3) Are you finding it harder to concentrate?

o Yes
o No

4) Are you over 43?

o Yes
o No

5) Has your weight increased?

o Yes
o No

6) Do you get hot flashes?

o Yes
o No

7) Do you lose your temper quickly?

o Yes
o No

8) Do your muscles ache?

o Yes
o No

9) Has you libido decreased?

o Yes
o No

10) Do you feel unhappy for no reason?

o Yes
o No

If you answered “Yes” to:

4 or less questions:

You may be in the early stages of menopause, the peri menopausal phase.
Early menopause occurs before the age of 45 and premature menopause, before the age of 40.

But, if you experience spotting, depression or memory lapses with no other symptoms, it may be wise to have a check up with your doctor who will be able to predict more accurately at what stage
you`re at.

5 or more questions:

If you are having menopausal symptoms and you are between 45 – 55, chances are that this is the beginning of your menopausal transition.

Now would be a good time to check your lifestyle, paying particular attention to diet and exercise. Even the smallest of changes can improve your menopause massively.

 

OsteoBuild Advantage

Product Information:

  • Build strong, resilient bones
  • Manufactured to exacting standards using highest quality raw materials
  • Produced under companys own SOPs that meet or exceed FDA GMPs
  • Contains a patented hops extract  which studies suggest help inhibit breakdown of bone.

Overview:

Calcium makes up as much as 99% of your bone, so it’s essential to replenish it to help strengthen bones and reduce bone loss. It`s recognised that you’ll get far better results when you combine nutrients, rather than using just one.  As magnesium not only promotes bone growth, it helps  calcium work better and that’s why it`s  included in  OsteoBuild. Vitakin K, D , boron, lactase, and soy isoflavones are also part of the formulation.

OsteoBuild Advantage provides your bones with what they need to grow stronger and healthier. It contains:

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)Found in many foods including onions, asparagus, and wheat, and helps the pH of the intestinal environment to help promote increased mineral absorption including calcium and magnesium.

Calcium

According to one  study, supplementing with divided doses of calcium (one at 9am the second at 9 pm) suppressed bone resorption during both day and night in early menopausal women

Vitamin D

In one study, healthy women, ages 58-67, were given Vitamin D as well as 1,000 mg calcium carbonate. After two years bone mass density of the lumbar spine increased 1.6% compared to placebo.

OsteoBuild: What We Like

  • Contains a combination of nutrients, including a patented product
  • Works on building new bone and also breaking down old bone. Which results in stronger bones
  • Free bottles available when you buy
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee offered

OsteoBuild: What We Don`t Like

  • No good if you`re lactose or dairy intolerant as it contains milk and soy
  • Take 3 capsules with your morning and evening meals – would would be better, but perhaps it would have to be  a lot bigger!

Conclusion:

By getting the right balance of nutritional supplements you give yourself the best chance of building and maintaining strong and resilient bones. The trouble is that we can only tell you of our experience with OsteoBuild and as we are not physicians we cannot accurately state that this product will live up to its claims. However, there are several products that make similar claims and when we researched them against our check list, we liked what OsteoBuild were offering. Nowadays, we are advised that taking calcium isn`t enough and can only give you part of what you need to help reduce bone loss.

 

 


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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Menopause and Pregnancy

pregnancy menopauseFacing menopause can potentially be a very distressing stage in a woman`s life.  Not only must she face the end of her fertility, but also cope with the physical changes in her body and the emotional challenges that this stage of life often presents.

The loss of the option to become pregnant often brings the feeling that youth is gone and can be a very challenging time in a woman`s life.  Not surprisingly, some women struggle with mixed emotions and can feel quite depressed when they notice the first signs of menopause and require lots of love and support from those closest to them.

However, for other women, it signals a time of freedom from the worry of pregnancy or birth control.  Many women relish the feelings of liberation and enjoy having the free time now that children have moved away from home.  They can enjoy more time with their spouse and pay attention to their own well being and desires.

Is It Possible To Become Pregnant During Menopause?

You may or may or may not be  surprised to hear that it is possible – although rare – to become pregnant while going through menopause and I feel it important that you understand how this can happen.

Keep in mind that menopause is a gradual process that takes place over several years, usually beginning around the age of fifty one.  Many women view it as a sudden event that happens in a matter of months. In fact, menopause only occurs once a woman has gone for twelve consecutive months without having a period. The ceasing of production of the hormones, estrogen and progesterone means that the ovaries will no longer produce eggs, which means that it would be physically impossible to become pregnant naturally.  Pregnancy in menopause requires an adequate supply of estrogen to happen at all.

However, especially during the early stages of menopause, when a woman`s hormone are fluctuating, it is possible to become pregnant.  And providing that there is no medical reason why she cannot become pregnant it may be wise talking to a doctor about birth control during menopause.

Does The Chances Of Pregnancy Decrease Once Menopausal Symptoms Begin?

As menopause does not follow the exact same pattern for every woman, once a menstrual period starts to become irregular, many women wrongly believe that they are in the early stages.  When in fact, this may be the beginning of the peri-menopause phase and the irregular periods may last for years.  At anytime during this stage of menopause pregnancy can occur, although many women wrongly believe that it cannot and cease using birth control.

Although there have recently been reports of older women becoming pregnant after menopause through egg donation, it is important to remember that there are certain risks for all `older` moms.

What Are The Risks Of A Later In Life Pregnancy?

Women who become pregnant in menopause have an increased risk of infection, miscarriage, bleeding and several other potentially serious medical conditions. Furthermore, medical research has discovered that the risk grows even higher with each year that passes after the age of forty.

And so, while it is rare for women going through menopause to become pregnant, it is certainly not impossible.  While you are still having menstrual periods – no matter how irregular they are – there is always the possibility of pregnancy in menopause.

So unless you would welcome a new addition to your family, don`t give up on the birth control.

Progesterone Menopause

menopause hormonesProgesterone has a major role in our lives as it is essential for regulating blood sugar, developing intelligence, bone building and much, much more and, fortunately for us our bodies make it constantly. But how much do we know about this important menopausal hormone?

What Is It?

The hormone progesterone is secreted by the ovary in the latter half of the menstrual cycle, although this does not mean that it is exclusively a female hormone.  In fact there is not much difference in the amount that men and women have in their bodies.

It develops when the body turns cholesteron into pregnenolone.  The pregnenonone is then converted to progesterone and finally, the body makes many other hormones from the progesterone, including the estrogens and testosterone.  Estrogen reduces greatly in menopause and progesterone starts decreasing in perimenopause and.  Many women have used progesterone creams during this time. Your doctor may give oral progesterine for ten to fourteen days each month to try and prevent erratic bleeding.

Progesterone has been around for a very long time, about 500 million years in fact and that demonstrates just how important it is to a great many living creatures.  It can be found in fishes, reptiles, birds and mammals, including human beings of course. It plays no part in the secondary sexual characteristics which develop at puberty. It is the precursor to the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone

Of course,Therefore, it must be appreciated how a progesterone deficiency would have serious implications on many functions of the body.  Similarly, progesterone therapy can be effective in treating a wide range of health problems.

How Is It Used In Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Progesterones in medications are usually made from plant sources.  When used in Hormone Therapy, there are two primary types of progestogen.   One which most closely resembles progesterone and the other derived from testosterone.  If any side effects are experienced on one type, changing the type or route of progestogen may help.

Which Symptoms Does It help?

Progesterone can be effective when used to regulate abnormal bleeding. If given continuously with postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy, progesterone will prevent menstrual sloughing as long as there is a small amount of estrogen present

How To Administer

It can be taken orally, as a vaginal suppository or as a cream. Price and convenience will have an influence on the method chosen and, absorption and longetivity will vary dependent on the type used.

When taken orally in tablet form between one and four hours in the peak absorption period.  The pills should be taken with food in order to increase absorption.  Orally on liquid form, such as oil, means that the peak absorption time is at approximately twelve hours after administration. Vaginal suppositories, peak absorption is around four hours.

Skin creams do not absorb through the skin very well but alcohol-based gels are more effective, with application recommended once a day. As with any medication, the dosage of progesterone must be carefully regulated as too much can cause excessive fatigue.  Vaginal dryness can also be a side effect, as progesterone counteracts the lubrication effect of estrogens.

Menopause Remedy

menopause helpIt`s strange  that so many women enter “menopause remedy” into the search engine, looking for answers. I mean, it`s not as though there is a “cure” for menopause, there can`t be because it isn`t an illness. From personal experience, I believe that a large part of the issue is not simply the problematic symptoms of menopause, but what it means psychologically to a woman.

Menopause Highs and Lows

Menopause signifies the end of a womans fertility and the undeniable fact that she is now officially “middle aged”. Now to some (men and under 30`s), this may seem trivial, but believe me, it isn`t. It can be a stressful, depressing and highly traumatic experience for any woman. If you`re finding your menopause is a wonderfully pleasant and fragrant experience, then this article isn`t for you, if not, then please read on.

For any woman who has always taken pride in her appearance, paid attention to her beauty regime and strived to maintain a healthy weight, middle age and its associated “symptoms”, such as menopause sweats,  is not a welcome arrival.

So anything that offers a menopause remedy seems irrestistable.

Are We Past Our Prime?

Wrinkles, sagging skin, weight gain, loss of elasticity…and bladder control, all go some considerable way to battering ones ego. In fact, I became quite depressed about the mere thought of reaching 50. I mean, read any newspaper or magazine article and a 50 year old woman is seen as motherly, dependable, mature…which is fine, but not when you also consider yourself vibrant, sexy and desirable.

How is it that those words are rarely used when talking about a 50 year old woman? And how come most of the television and film actresses are under 35?  It`s almost as if you reach your middle years and wham…you become instantly invisible.

Perhaps this is just my interpretation on the menopausal years, but offer me a menopause remedy and I`d be there like a shot.

Can Menopause Be Remedied?

It`s hardly surprising that many of the women I spoke with were either dreading their menopause, or going through it and wishing it over as soon as possible. Many felt that they had lost their identity and just didn`t feel like themselves anymore. The stigma of menopause seems to affect womens confidence far more than the actual symptoms.

And so, despite all opinion to the contrary, it is up to each and every menopausal women out there, to prove that we can give those 20 somethings dolly birds a run for their money. Remember, we have style, sophistication and experience.

 Always Look Your Best

When I was younger, my beauty routine was hit and miss to say the least, but now I pay special attention to my face and body and have regular beauty treatments. I don’t feel guilty about spending money on myself and always make sure that I`m looking my best…well you never know when opportunity may come knocking!

Nowadays, instead of getting up in the morning and avoiding the mirror at all costs, I put on my best lipstick and trot out of the house with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. I have goals that I want to carry out for the day, week, month and even the year ahead and I make sure that I complete each and every one of them. And I`m not talking about doing the shopping or that pile of ironing that`s been in the basket all week. I`m talking about things that I want to do.

Take dancing lessons, learn to scuba dive, re-train as a beauty therapist, it doesn`t matter what it is, so long as it makes you feel good and gets you excited about the future. Keep pushing those boundaries and surprise yourself, you never know what latent talent has been lurking within.

And yes, if there was a menopause remedy, I would be first in line.

Menopause fsh

test for menopauseFSH or Follicle Stimulating Hormone, to give it its full title, is always present in the body, not just at the time of menopause.  Its job is to stimulate ovulation and the ripening of the ova and it is the main hormone involved in producing mature eggs in the ovaries.

How Does It Work?

When a woman`s ovaries start failing to release eggs, which may be for a number of reasons, but reaching menopause is certainly one of them.  The pituitary gland, at the base of the brain, gets a signal to make more of the FSH in an attempt to get the ovaries to respond and cause the remaining eggs to mature.  FSH is the same hormone that is contained in the injectable gonadotropins which are used to produce multiple eggs for infertility treatment. A woman can be 42 and still have some good quality eggs and still be fertile, or she can be 25 with poor quality eggs and be infertile.

This hormone and this process are a vital part of fertility and if a woman is not ovulating, she will obviously not be able to conceive.  A test to check her FSH levels, will identify whether or not a woman is ovulating.  It will let you know, with reasonable certainty, whether a woman’s ovaries are beginning to fail.


Why Take A Test?

Usually, when a woman reaches her forties and experiences symptoms associated with menopause she will not bother to find out of she has in fact reached “the change”.  She will simply assume that she has and cope with the symptoms as and when they arise.  As there are certain medical conditions that can result in the ceasing of periods, a few women prefer to be certain that they are experiencing menopause and will therefore take a FSH test.  As some symptoms of menopause can be quite distressing, such as mood swings, memory lapses, forgetfulness, some women take a test to put to rest their fears of some more serious condition.

When To Do The Test

The test is carried out by taking a blood or a urine sample and is so simple that there are home kits available, therefore no doctor`s visit is necessary.  Although if preferred,  the test can certainly be carried out at the surgery.  If the woman is having a monthly periods and as the FSH level fluctuates throughout a woman`s monthly cycle, it is recommended that the test be carried out between the third to the fifth day of the period.  Levels of FSH over 40 mIU/ml are considered high and would suggest ovarian failure.

It is important that the woman is not taking estrogen based contraception.  Allow 6 weeks before taking the test and terminating therapy, otherwise a true reading will not be achieved.

If she is not having regular periods such as after a hysterectomy, it is advisable to obtain two samples 2 weeks apart.  These may give information about residual cycle activity.

Those women who have had a hysterectomy menopause and still have their ovaries, may wish to take the test to discover whether they are menopausal.  Hormone replacement therapy could then be prescribed at this stage rather than waiting for the symptoms to begin.

Test for Menopause

Although there are tests available that will indicate whether you are going through the menopause or not, some women do not find them to be particularly helpful.  When a woman`s monthly cycle becomes irregular and just before it stops completely, the FSH test is highly variable.

Test For Menopause – (FSH)

FSH has the job of stimulating ovulation during your period.  Every month FSH rises so that it can encourage the release of eggs that will travel through the fallopian tubes ready for fertilization. At the same time that FSH rises, levels of estrogen drop. Once the egg has been released, your body will either prepare itself for pregnancy or carry on to produce a period.

How it Works?

The  test for menopause, involves taking a blood sample and checking the level of FSH present.

For:  If the results show that you have a high level of FSH present, it could be that you body is attempting to start ovulation.  If this is the case and your body is being unsuccessful, this could be one of the first signs of menopause.  FSH levels over 50 mlU/mL could indicate this.

Against: May not very helpful in Perimenopause stage as it gives insufficient information.  Women can be experiencing severe menopausal symptoms and yet their FSH level may remain at the “premenopausal” stage.  The FSH test only tells you if you have a high FSH level. It doesn’t tell you if you are definitely in menopause (or premenopausal or perimenopausal).

Options Available

If you do decide that a FSH test for menopause is right for you, the first step I would advise would be to seek your doctor`s advice and go on from there.  If however, you wish to purchase a kit so that you can perform the test in at home, you can choose from either a urine test or a saliva test.  The urine test is simply a matter of placing a stick into your urine flow and you will see a result within minutes.  This method yields results that are approximately 90% accurate.  The saliva test requires you to send a sample to a testing laboratory and wait until you receive the results through the post.  While a saliva test can indicate whether or not it would be prudent to continue with any furthertesting, results tend not to be as accurate as the saliva test, due to influences such as smoke, some foods and HRT.

Progesterone and Estradiol Test

This measures the levels or certain hormones in our body and if the test show that levels are unusually low, this could be in indication that you are about to enter menopause.  Although saliva tests are usually performed, blood samples can also be used.  Saliva testing may not be as accurate due to its limitations in detecting certain aspects of the hormones, whereas the blood test yields higher accuracy in this area.

The results of the saliva test are sent away to be tested. Estrogen levels in the body are normally somewhere between 30 and 400.  Lower levels than this could be a sign that menopause is imminent.

To find out more, watch this video on menopause test

PS  If you are in the UK, two Scottish scientists have now developed an ovary-ultrasound test which predicts when a woman will reach menopause.   The  Wallace-Kelsey test cost is about £250

 

 

Periods and Menopause

menopause bleedingIf you have ever been surprised by your monthly period arriving three days early or suffered concern the first time that is was several days late, then this article is for you.  Periods and menopause can cause a great deal of concern, unless you are adequately prepared.

Irregular periods and a change in the monthly cycle is a perfectly normal occurrence for women during around four year before and also during menopause.  Although women normally enter menopause in their early 50`s, changes in the monthly cycle can occur anywhere as early as mid 30`s onwards.

Hysterectomy Affects Menopause


If a woman undergoes surgical menopause such as a hysterectomy and her ovaries and womb have been removed, she may find that her period stops almost immediately afterwards.  Also, it may be that other menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and high emotions are more severe than they are as a result of a natural menopause.

Most women will find their periods become irregular as they approach menopause and for some, they may even occur more frequently, before stopping completely quite abruptly.  On the other hand, most women will experience a gradual tapering off and lightening of her monthly cycle before it eventually ceases completely.  In these cases, the time between each period will typically lengthen, for some it can become shorter, but for most women the time will be longer.

Why It Happens

These changes occur due to the altering levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, as they are responsible for the monthly menstrual cycle, as a woman’s uterine lining comes away if she has not become pregnant in that particular cycle.  They are also to blame for affecting our moods and emotions!

Keeping a menstrual diary will enable a woman to keep track of her irregular periods on the approach to menopause.   This knowledge will empower the women as she learns how to handle these changes and makes the necessary adjustment to her lifestyle.  Dealing with irregular periods is inconvenient and frustrating, especially if you are used to your monthly cycle appearing as regular as clockwork.  By keeping a diary, you will be in a better position to notice any recurring patterns that will help you to identify when your next period is due.

Check Your Symptoms

Sometimes women can confuse PMS with menopause, as some of the symptoms are the same.  Mood changes, lethargy, anxiety and, headaches are all symptoms shared by both conditions. If you are in any doubt, speak with your medical professional who will be in the best position to advise you.

While it is necessary to deal with these changes as they occur, do remember that this is all a natural process of your body preparing itself for menopause.  It is possible that some women will positively welcome menopause, especially if they suffer from menstrual problems such as cramps or heavy periods. If you are not one of these women, then the best thing that you can do is to give yourself time to adjust and surround yourself with strong circle of friends and family.  They will be invaluable in the times when you need support, cheering up or even a shoulder to cry on when those hormones start raging.

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