Menopause is a natural occurrence that marks the end of a female's reproductive years. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. Women are said to have gone through menopause when they haven't had a bleed for a period of 12 months. The onset of menopause is often accompanied by symptoms such as night sweats, aches and pains, headaches, forgetfulness, irritability, reduced libido, vaginal dryness and frequent urination.
For women who experience some or all of these symptoms, there are certain vitamin supplements which are said to benefit these symptoms including Black Cohosh, Vitamin E, Complex B vitamins and Red Clover.
Black Cohosh is a supplement that is commonly used to support female health around the time of menopause. Studies have shown that it may help support the physical and emotional changes that occur in a women's body during this time including night sweats, hot flushes, emotional issues and occasional sleeplessness. Women wishing to supplement with Black Cohosh are recommended to take 2mg of active ingredient per day.
Vitamin E is sometimes called the ‘menopausal vitamin’ because it is said to have chemical activities similar to Oestrogen. It may be beneficial in the relief of the psychological symptoms of menopause and for the relief of hot flashes. The recommended daily dosage of vitamin E is 15IUs, however doctors often prescribe larger dosages. Always see a doctor prior to supplementing with Vitamin E.
It has been suggested that women suffering from the symptoms of menopause may benefit from taking a balanced complex B vitamin supplement to support the common symptoms of anxiety, poor sleep and reduced libido.
Red Clover is found in many herbal menopause formulas and is believed to help reduce symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and irritability when 800mg is ingested each day.
Whilst all of these nutrients and vitamins are said to have benefits for women suffering from menopause, you should not under any circumstances substitute qualified medical advice with information found in this article. The author does not give or purport to give any medical or healthcare advice and is not qualified to do so.
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Kristy Lee is Webmaster for Australia's vitamin information website found at http://www.healthycomparisons.com.au For more information about vitamins for menopause visit http://www.healthycomparisons.com.au/menopause.aspx