Reaching `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, meaning 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.