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Supplements To Ease Off Menopause Symptoms

Menopause, in itself, should never be a nightmare experience to go through. It is part of a woman’s natural aging process, the body organically slowing down to keep up with the changes in the system. But menopause symptoms wreak havoc in the body like nothing else, and 75% of women have a hard time dealing with the transition.

While hormone therapy works in short-term, the benefits can never outweigh the risks. Hormone replacement therapy causes breast cancer, heart diseases and osteoporosis in women who have undergone with the procedure in as short as three months. Drug free menopause remedies are the best options – as holistic healing is one of the emerging health norms today.

Taking drug free alternative treatments in dealing with menopause symptoms can be very disconcerting. With numerous options and information both laden in the traditional sense and on the Internet, coming up with the right course of action can become confusing fast. We rounded up the most popular and effective drug free remedies for you to try:

Black Cohosh

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Black cohosh is most arguably the most studied alternative treatment for menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes. A number of studies found the supplement ineffective, but majority of these studies concluded that it has benefits towards possibly preventing and healing hot flashes.

Just recently, in 2010, a review published that “unidentified preparations” of the supplement  decreased hot flashes up to 26%. Ask your attending physician before taking black cohosh as it can affect the liver. Forego this option if you have a present liver disease or history of it.

Ginseng

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The Asian herb is believed to increase vitality of sexual arousal in postmenopausal women and improve mood swings. A study conducted in 1999 discovered that 200 milligrams of pounded ginseng can effectively boost the mood and improve the well-being in menopausal women.

Recently, a Korean study supported the claims and added that the extract from the herbal plant can increase libido. Ginseng is recommended for menopausal women who experience severe irritability and mood swings, in controlled quantity. Excessive ginseng extract can cause some minor heart problems, research suggests.

Flaxseed Oil

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Flaxseed oil is harvested from linseeds through expeller pressing. Sometimes, the seeds are even treated to solvent extraction to further the vegetable oil that comes out of the seeds. Flaxseed oil is rich in short-chain omega 3 fatty acids. It is also rich in lignans – a type of phytoestrogen which can mimic or form part on estrogen building in the body. Flaxseed is usually used for night sweats and hot flashes.

Hops

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Hops are the seed cones or the female flower part of the hop plant. It is a famous flavoring agent for beer, imparting its tangy, bitter taste. A compound found in hops called 8-PN has been studied to produce “favorable effects” in dealing with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. The 8-PN along with another derivative, xanthohumol, are proven estrogenic compound with anti-inflammatory properties. As a menopausal remedy,  hops can be taken with other supplements to increase its effectivity.


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