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The menopause is a term used to decribe the period in a woman’s life where menstruation no longer occurs, due to a decline in oestrogen levels. Women going through the menopause no longer release an egg every month and are therefore unable to conceive naturally. This transition is a natural part of aging, typically occurring between age 45 and 55, but can often cause a range of symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue and vaginal dryness. A drop in oestrogen levels can also increase the risk for diseases such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
Whilst some women only experience minor symptoms, others can experience quite severe ones. This can be distressing and inconvenient, and in some cases can impact quality of life. Taking certain vitamins can help ease some of the symptoms of the menopause and help prevent the development of health conditions assocaited with it.
Soy is a legume that is used to make protein-rich foods such as tofu and soy milk. It contains a chemical compound called isoflavones which act like a weaker form of oestrogen. By binding to the same receptors they can mimic the effects of oestrogen, helping to reduce symptoms, in particular hot flushes. According to an analysis of multiple studies, soy isoflavones can reduce hot flushes by 11%.
Vitamin B-6 is involved in the production of serotonin, a hormone that acts as a mood stabiliser and promotes feelings of happiness. Women going through the menopause often experience mood swings and sometimes even depression, which may be due to a drop in serotonin levels as a result of aging. Taking a supplement containing vitamin B-6 may help boost serotonin levels and improve mood.
Vitamin B5 is required for converting food into energy for numerous bodily functions, including manufacturing red blood cells and sex and stress-related hormones. It also promotes healthy skin, hair and liver and maintains a healthy digestive system.
Vitamin A is essential for a number of processes in the body, including maintaining healthy vision and immune system function and supporting bone health. During the menopause, a drop in oestrogen can cause weaker bones and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Ensuring vitamin A levels remain high may help reduce risk of fractures and increase bone strength.
Menopause supplements are often taken to help ease symptoms of the menopause. New Leaf’s Menopause Tablets for Women soy isoflavones, vitamins A, B5, B6 and Biotin to provide nutritional support for all menopause stages. Each tablet delivers 25mg of pure soya isoflavones which may help provide relief from hot flushes and night sweats.