There are a number, in fact, a lot, of products on the market that claim to help bring menopause relief. In this article we will take a closer look at just two supplements.
The first is flax seed.
This is very interesting and hopeful because of a recent study done at the Mayo Clinic. A full report of this study is available at the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology.
Sandhya Pruthi, MD and colleagues conducted a thorough study that truly gives hope for women suffering from menopause, specifically hot flashes. The results confirmed what many advocates of natural healing had already known and experienced.
In the study, a group of women were given 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed twice a day, which they mixed into their food and drink. These women were having at least 14 hot flashes a week, plus they were not taking any estrogen to relieve their symptoms of menopause.
It is remarkable that these women found that their hot flashes were reduced by 50% and the strength of the hot flash was diminished by 57%! Now, that might not seem like much to somebody who has never suffered the discomfort and annoyance of hot flashes, but it is great news indeed!
What About Side Effects?
There were minimal side effects, especially compared to the usual drugs given as a treatment. These side effects consisted of bloating and diarrhea in a few of the women. This is a far cry from the usual list, such as headaches, nausea, bleeding, insomnia, etc.
It is quite possible that this could be avoided by using a liquid form of flaxseed oil, rather than the ground seeds.
The second supplement is maca.
Since not everyone is familiar with the plant called maca, a little background is in order. Maca is a root grown in the mountains of Peru, where it has long been eaten as a food to give strength and stamina. It also has a very long history as an aphrodisiac.
I first learned about maca when I visited Peru. When I asked my friends about it, they all laughed and had lots of interesting stories to tell! You can be sure I bought some as soon as I could!
The amazing thing about maca is that it can do so many different things for the body and overall sense of well-being. This is because it acts as a hormone balancer in the body. When the body is in balance ,the hormones naturally do their job better, thus the increase in energy and interest in sex.
It also has an amazing ability to help balance female hormones. By supplying the body with the necessary ingredients to heal itself, maca is well known as a wonderful supplement to help bring menopause relief.
Very often shamans and other traditional healers have a vast knowledge of natural ways to bring and restore health. Modern medicine is able to use this folk knowledge to bring new products to the marketplace.
Maca is one of these remarkable plants that has endured over centuries as a marvelous source of nutrition and healing.