Are you one of the millions of women who suffer with the annoying symptoms associated with menopause? You can find natural relief from some of the most common symptoms including:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Mood Swings / Anxiety / Depression
- Weight Gain / Slowed Metabolism
- Lowered Libido
- Osteoporosis / Loss of Bone Density
- Brittle Nails & Dry Skin
I Tried Everything!
I tried several different medications— pills, patches and vaginal creams for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), prescribed by both my GYN and my PCP. Nothing worked and one med, not covered by insurance, was very expensive! When the pharmacy tech told me $106.00 for 30 day supply, I laughed and told her to forget it! Next I tried a couple of over- the- counter recommendations, like Estroven and Black Cohosh with no noticeable improvement.
My Daughter Recommended Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea, also known as roseroot and golden root, grows wild in the colder areas of the world such as the Arctic and Siberia. For centuries, Russia, Norway, Iceland, and other European countries called it a “tonic herb,” and used it to boost energy, enhance sexual function, reduce stress and increase memory (many of the same symptoms associated with menopause).
Adaptogens: The Ultimate Herbs
In the 20th century, Rhodiola Rosea was classified as an adaptogen. As an adaptogen, Rhodiola enables our bodies to adapt to stressors of everyday life; including heat, cold, fatigue, trauma, sleep deprivation, toxic exposure, infection, and even psychological stress. In addition, in order to be classified as an adaptogen, the herb must possess no negative side effects.
After adding Perfect Rhodiola Rosea to my daily supplement regimen, I began to notice a lessening of the hot flashes and night sweats within 2-3 weeks. The recommended dose of 400 mg can be increased if you don’t see results within a month. Some women with intense symptoms may need up to 600 milligrams for hormonal balance.
Mood Swings, Depression, Anxiety & Fatigue (Oh My!)
As an adaptogen, Rhodiola Rosea also balances mood, reduces stress, and improves mental clarity. Problems with fatigue? This amazing herb was selected as one of the best natural energy boosters by Alternative Medicine Magazine.
After taking Rhodiola Rosea for a few weeks, you may feel motivated to add more exercise to your daily routine due to increased energy levels. And we know that exercise stimulates the production of endorphins which will make us feel “happy” and less stressed. It’s a win-win-win situation; fewer menopausal symptoms, weight loss from increased energy, and less stress.
Natural Supplements for Insomnia
As one of those overall-feel-better herbs, research shows that Rhodiola Rosea can also help with insomnia. If you need additional support for insomnia, you might want to try supplementing with magnesium. A unique mineral, magnesium supplements are available in delicious powders that can be consumed when added to water, or, magnesium can be applied topically, as in body lotions and bath salts.
Supplements for Osteoporosis, Brittle Nails & Dry Skin
Osteoporosis (loss of bone density) is also a common symptom associated with menopause. If you do not obtain adequate amounts of calcium from your diet, you might want to supplement with calcium. Magnesium Supplements are often combined with calcium for optimal mineral absorption.
Vitamin D supports the absorption of calcium.
Healthy Oils, such as those found in Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil, provide us with fat soluble vitamins, including Vitamins D and A. Perhaps the most important superfood we can consume, I notice a significant improvement in my nails and skin when I regularly consume fermented cod liver oil.
Learn More About These Supplements in This Podcast
Health expert, Alexandra Jamieson, shares about the benefits she has enjoyed from supplementing with Rhodiola and Magnesium in her informative Crave Cast (podcast episode 33, aired April 3rd) … you can listen here … or find her on itunes.
Have you found natural relief from menopause symptoms? Enjoyed benefits from supplementing with Rhodiola, Magnesium, or Fermented Cod Liver Oil? Please share in the Comments!