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How do I Choose the Best Supplements for Menopause?

A. Pasbjerg
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Updated May 17, 2024
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Going through menopause can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, and certain supplements have been shown to help relieve them. Some of the most common problems women encounter are hot flashes and night sweats, emotional changes, and memory loss. Bone loss can also be a problem during this time. Choosing the best supplements for menopause will usually depend on what symptoms a woman is trying to address.

Black cohosh is generally considered one of the best supplements for menopause overall. This herb is believed to help relieve a variety of menopause symptoms due to the plant estrogens, or phytoestrogens, it contains, which help naturally balance some of the woman's own decreasing hormones. It has been shown to help reduce the extreme changes in body temperature that cause hot flashes and night sweats for many women. It is also thought to help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. The phytoestrogens it contains may also help address vaginal dryness that often occurs during menopause.

Another of the supplements for menopause known for addressing multiple issues is red clover. It also contains phytoestrogens, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown hot flashes and change in mood are both reduced in women taking red clover. Women suffering from bone loss may also benefit from taking this supplement, as it contains high amounts of calcium.

There are several menopause supplements thought to help those hoping to reduce the physical discomfort of hot flashes and associated night sweats. Soy, another source of phytoestrogens, has been shown to decrease them. Flaxseed has also proven to minimize episodes in some studies. Some women have also found relief taking dong quai, or Chinese angelica.

The emotional and mental changes that come with menopause may also be treated with some supplements. Taking St. John's wort may help even out emotions and address mild depression. The sedative properties of dong quai may also make it a good choice for addressing anxiety and mood swings. Ginko biloba is thought to be useful for minimizing memory loss that often accompanies the hormonal decreases in menopause. Ginseng has been known to help improve both mood and memory.

Women trying to avoid or address bone loss or osteoporosis may need to take vitamin and mineral supplements for menopause. Calcium is the most vital to help maintain strong bones and avoid osteoporosis. Vitamin D is also important as it aids in calcium absorption.

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A. Pasbjerg
By A. Pasbjerg
Andrea Pasbjerg, a WiseGeek contributor, holds an MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her business background helps her to create content that is both informative and practical, providing readers with valuable insights and strategies for success in the business world.

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Andrea Pasbjerg, a WiseGeek contributor, holds an MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her business background helps her to create content that is both informative and practical, providing readers with valuable insights and strategies for success in the business world.
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