Vitamins and minerals are necessary for the body’s production of hormones. There is a constant interplay between vitamins and hormones, and a deficiency of one may lead to a low levels or an imbalance of another. Although foods can provide most of these minerals and vitamins, when a therapeutic dose is needed or when your diet is lacking, you may need to take supplements. Certain herbal supplements can also help balance hormones and ease symptoms of menopause and post-menopause.
Vitamin A stimulates production of estrogen in menopausal women. Use as directed.
The B vitamins help the liver detoxify the body and balance hormones. Try 100 milligrams of a B-complex one to three times daily.
Vitamin C fortifies the walls of blood vessels and capillaries. The recommended daily dose is 1,500 milligrams.
Vitamin D helps is critical in the absorption of calcium for the prevention of osteoporosis. Take 400 to 800 lU daily.
Vitamin E stimulates estrogen production offers heart protection and can relieve menopausal symptoms within a few weeks. Studies show that 400 IU of vitamin E taken twice daily is required.
Calcium is often depleted during menopause and is needed to maintain bone density. Take 1,000 milligrams daily.
Magnesium is also needed to maintain bone density.
Herbal Relief for Menopause
Women have sought relief from menopausal symptoms with herbal remedies long before synthetic hormone. Many herbal preparations are available today:
Black Cohosh is the most widely used herbal remedy for menopause.
Dong quai is a Chinese herbal remedy for hot flashes and body dryness.
Licorice has a phytoestrogenic effect and is good for adrenal gland insufficiency.
Chasteberry acts on the pituitary gland to stimulate and normalize hormonal
St. John’s wort is effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression. These are among the herbs that help balance the body's hormones and decrease menopausal symptoms.
Regular exercise can help reduce irritability, mood swings and weight gain. If you’re suffering from hot flashes and night sweats due to menopause, an hour of exercise a day can help minimize discomfort.