With so many options all vying for your attention, looking for menopause supplements can seem quite overwhelming and daunting. This is why we recommend you research your options until you are comfortable that you are choosing what is best for you.
A simple Google search clearly shows that there is a huge appetite for natural vitamins and supplements specifically for the menopause. There is an enormous choice of natural products on the market, made using herbs and vitamins, which can help to avoid some of the symptoms of menopause as well as help reduce any downsides that some women experience taking HRT.
Many menopausal women now take a supplementary vitamin or supplement to help them cope with their symptoms – such as hot flushes, low libido, brain fog, and even general low mood and anxiety.
However, with so many menopause products out there, it can be difficult to know what you should be looking for in terms of particular ingredients and how they can help.
A quick guide to ingredients:
Here are some of the ingredients to look out for. The list is not exhaustive, and we do advise you to seek medical assistance if you are taking any medication or have any concerns.
- Pfaffia Powder
- Pfaffia powder can help to regulate female hormone levels.
- Wild Yam
- Wild yam is often promoted as a ‘natural alternative’ to oestrogen therapy. You will see it used for oestrogen replacement therapy, vaginal dryness in older women, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menstrual cramps, weak bones (osteoporosis), and for increasing energy and sexual drive in women.
- Sage Leaf
- There is some preliminary evidence suggesting that sage might help improve symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats or hot flushes.
- Alfalfa Powder
- Alfalfa plants also contain phytoestrogens, which act like some human hormones and can reduce night sweats in menopausal women.
- Red Clover
- Red clover can promote oestrogen-like effects which can reduce menopausal symptoms.
- Schizandra Berry
- Schizandra is effective at alleviating some symptoms of menopause. These symptoms included hot flushes, sweating, and heart palpitations.
- Soya Isoflavones
- Isoflavones are compounds found in many different plants and particularly in soy products. They mimic oestrogen and are highly effective at easing low moods and fatigue.
- Vitamin B6
- This ingredient is proven to help contribute to the regulation of hormonal activity within the body and has been well-studied for its serotonin-boosting effectiveness for menopause sufferers.
- Kelp is rich in many of the key minerals and vitamins that our bodies require. It boasts many significant benefits from anti-aging and hormonal balancing properties to protecting thyroid health.
What to AVOID!
- Unproven Ingredients
- Look out for ingredients that work well together and can be clinically proven. If you doubt the ingredients, avoid. Look for products that are backed by EFSA health claims.
- Lack Of Certification
- Don’t buy cheap products without proper purity certifications. Look for good quality supplements manufactured in the United Kingdom in certified facilities. This will guarantee that the supplement has been manufactured to high standards and contains no traces of hidden nasties like heavy metals, bacteria, pesticides, or other harmful substances
- Fake Amazon Reviews
- Did you know that fake reviews are a thing? Don’t fall for it! Many companies supply these reviews for money and can trick unsuspecting people into buying products that could do more harm than good.
- Prioritise Price Over Quality
- It’s vital to prioritise quality when searching for a menopause supplement, even if that means paying a little more for a high-quality, safe, and clinically recommended formula. Don’t take a risk with your own health!