It’s not something all of us talk about, but every woman will experience menopause at some point. So, what is actually happening in the body and when should you expect to see a change?
Perimenopause is the first stage of menopause and usually starts for women in their 40s, but can start in their 30s or even earlier. Early signs include fluctuating estrogen levels. As the ovaries produce less estrogen, the menstrual cycle becomes irregular. You might begin to skip periods, and they might be heavier and lighter at times. Once you have gone a year without having a period you will have reached full menopause. Typically, this happens by the age of 51. Some of the symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, breast tenderness, lower sex drive, fatigue, irregular periods, mood swings, and trouble sleeping just to name a few. 1
If estrogen therapy is not your cup of tea, there are some natural supplements that you might want to try.
Vitamins and Supplements for Menopause
Vitamin D – As your estrogen levels decrease, you could be at higher risk for developing osteoporosis. Taking a vitamin D supplement can make your bones stronger.3 Also, a study with 1,407 women aged 51-80, had hypothesized that vitamin D levels may be associated with menopause related symptoms.4 This is the super vitamin that I would put on the top of your list to take during menopause.
Ginseng – Who wants to sleep better? I sure do! Since sleep disturbances are common during menopause, it could be a good idea to take a supplement to help you rest. For many years, ginseng has been shown to improve the quality and duration of your sleep. 2 Ginseng has also been used to improve overall health, reduce stress, boost energy and enhance the immune system. 6
Magnesium – This is an essential mineral during menopause and is important to have circulating in the body. Menopausal hormone changes can increase the risk of osteoporosis, which is a condition that causes bone density loss. A study in the Journal of International Medical Research showed trace supplementation of magnesium, zinc, and copper may benefit bone density. 5 Magnesium to the rescue!
Persona’s Menopause Support contains magnesium and EstroG-100®, a proprietary blend of standardized extracts of Angelica gigas (root), Phlomis umbrosa (root), and Cynanchum wilfordii (root). Our Menopause Support utilizes a key blend of ingredients that may help support a healthy response to hormonal changes associated with Menopause. Supportive evidence in clinical trials shows that this blend appears to reduce symptoms like hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal dryness, insomnia and night sweats.7,8,9
Overall, this supplement support healthy inflammatory response, hormonal balance, and the female endocrine system. Don’t hesitate to take our assessment for personalized vitamin regimen based on your health and lifestyle. Persona is the only Science-Based supplement provider on the web today. You can also check out our Women’s Essentials + Menopause Support available in our Essential Packs!
1. Perimenopause: Symptoms, Treatments, Weight Gain, and More. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/guide-perimenopause. Accessed May 17, 2019.
2. Han HJ, Kim HY, Choi JJ, et al. Effects of red ginseng extract on sleeping behaviors in human volunteers. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013;149(2):597-9.
3. Ivanova S, Vasileva L. Current and Emerging Strategies in Osteoporosis Management. Curr Pharm Des. 2017;23(41):6279-6287.
4. Leblanc ES, Desai M, Perrin N, et al. Vitamin D levels and menopause-related symptoms. Menopause. 2014;21(11):1197-203.
5. Mahdavi-roshan M, Ebrahimi M, Ebrahimi A. Copper, magnesium, zinc and calcium status in osteopenic and osteoporotic post-menopausal women. Clin Cases Miner Bone Metab. 2015;12(1):18-21.
6. Lee HW, Choi J, Lee Y, Kil KJ, Lee MS. Ginseng for managing menopausal woman’s health: A systematic review of double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016;95(38):e4914.
7. Chang A, Kwak BY, Yi K, Kim JS. The effect of herbal extract (EstroG-100) on pre-, peri- and post-menopausal women: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Phytother Res. 2012;26(4):510-6.
8. Kim SJ, Jin SW, Lee GH, Kim YA, Jeong HG. Evaluation of Estrogenic Activity of Extract from the Herbal Mixture Hemsley Turczaninow, and Nakai. Toxicol Res. 2017;33(1):71-77.
9. Cho JH, Kwon JE, Cho Y, Kim I, Kang SC. Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Angelica gigas via Heme Oxygenase (HO)-1 Expression. Nutrients. 2015;7(6):4862-74.