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April 27, 2009 at 11:32 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Natural Herbal Menopause Supplements vs. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

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Natural herbal menopause supplement

Naturalists and medical personnel alike are now recognizing credibility as to the effectiveness of natural supplements and focus is increasing as to their benefits for menopause. There are four common herbal supplements that are widely recognized and accepted by medical and alternative proponents.

  1. Black cohosh. Used to treat depression, heart palpitations, hot flashes, irritability, menstruation, nervousness, osteoporosis, perspiration, sleep disturbances, tinnitus, and vertigo in menopausal women.
  2. Don quai. Used to treat allergies, anemia, bowel irregularity, cramps, high blood pressure, rheumatism, and ulcers in menopausal women.
  3. Red clover. Used to treat asthma, breast tenderness or pain, bronchitis, coughs, hot flashes, indigestion, and whooping coughs in menopausal women. Its also noted to prevent cancer.
  4. Soy isoflavones. Used to protect against cancer, help autoimmune conditions, and reduce cholesterol and stress.

Other noteworthy dietary supplementations include: calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, phytoestrogens, potassium, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K, and zinc. These supplements offer emotional relief, healthy bone support, and gentler menopausal symptoms. Reduced cholesterol levels, mood swings, cancer, and heart disease risks are added benefits of these supplements.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy used to be so popular that it was once the most prescribed drugs in the United States, with a walloping ten million women taking them! It wasnt until circa 2002 studies began to reveal their serious side effects. Hormone replacement therapy is no longer used blindly used by menopausal women. Hormone replacement therapy, commonly abbreviated HRT, contains female hormones and is used to address common menopausal symptoms such as decreased sexual desire, hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness in menopausal women. Though hormone replacement therapy has shown some effectiveness in some women, and even though it may prevent against osteoporosis, attention is now given to the potential side effects. Side effects include: heightened risk for Alzheimers disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, depression, gall bladder disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, ovarian cancer, strokes, thromboembolic disease, urinary incontinence, and uterine cancer. More subtle side effects from hormone replacement therapy include bloating, breast soreness, headaches, mood swings, nausea, and water retention.

The perfect blend between menopause and nature

Theres plenty of information available that define the benefits and risks of supplements and hormone replacement therapy. What may be the choice for one woman may not be suitable by another. You need to conduct your own research to intelligently make the decision that will best affect your postmenopausal health. No matter your choice, it must involve lifestyle changes. For a gentler menopausal experience:

  • You should get plenty of exercise
  • You should eat a health diet
  • You should quit smoking
  • You should reduce stress
  • And you should avoid caffeinated beverages

Make the decisions necessary to live through menopause and everything it will throw your way in the healthiest way possible. Its your decision and only your decision.

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