Claus from United States asks:
What supplements should I be taking as I enter menopause? What do you have available through Nature's Way?
Dr. Eugenia Alfine, Nutrition Scientist: IN Ingredients and Products11/10/2021 5:03:00 PM
The onset of menopause can be a challenging stage in a woman's life but there are different steps you can take to manage it. Speaking with your practitioner first to assess your situation is important; they may offer you hormonal replacement therapy and other options to manage your symptoms. Discussing your family history or any medication you're currently on will help them guide you through a supplement regime tailored to you.
During menopause, estrogen levels decline and so does the protective effect of this hormone on your bones. For this reason, ensuring adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet is essential, and a supplement may help fill the gap. A multivitamin containing those nutrients (like our Alive!® Max3 Potency Women's Multivitamin or Alive!® Once Daily Women's 50+ Ultra Potency Multivitamin if you're over 50) can be a convenient choice and ensure broader nutrient coverage.
Choline is another nutrient you want to look out for: lower estrogen levels during menopause decrease your body's own choline production so you want to include choline-rich foods like eggs, meat, poultry, fish, and soybeans in your meals, or opt for a choline supplement if those foods are not part of your diet.
If you're experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings you could try black cohosh extract, which has been shown to mitigate those typical menopause symptoms, or you could pair that with an herbal sleep blend if you occasionally find it hard to fall and stay asleep. For hot flashes in particular, try making some simple changes like wearing lighter clothes and keeping your bedroom cool at night.
Regular physical activity and keeping your stress levels in check are also going to help you manage this phase of life successfully.
Dr. Eugenia Alfine has a BS in Biology, an MS in Human Nutrition, and a PhD from the German Institute of Human Nutrition. She is the chief Nutrition Scientist at Nature's Way.
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