Supplements That Can Help
Certain very natural life experiences can deplete our bodies of essential vitamins. Take, for example, pregnancy. Pregnant women are always advised to take folic acid and iron, and often are told to take a prenatal multivitamin preparation for the duration of the pregnancy. Just having a monthly period can cause a woman to become iron deficient, menopause, too, can take a lot out of you, and while it's possible to get back the nutrients you need from food sources, it may be helpful to seek your doctor's advice about supplements to get you through menopause.
Remember too, that vitamins are an important factor in creating a natural remedy regimen for menopause. That means that if you prefer to go the natural route and take herbal remedies for menopause symptoms, you shouldn't neglect to use them in conjunction with vitamin supplements for the best effect. Naturopaths believe that unless one pays very rigorous attention to diet, it's impossible to avoid one nutritional deficiency or another. Vitamin supplements ensure you feed your body just what it needs to do its hard work.
A good multivitamin protects your body against disease and can also help relieve the symptoms of menopause. When you shop for a multivitamin, look for one which includes the following:
* 400 mg. of Vitamin D
*50-100mg. of vitamin B6 (upper limits should be no greater than 200 mg.)
*50-100 mcg. vitamin B12
*400 mcg. folic acid
*100 mcg. vitamin K
*3 mg. Boron
*600 mg. magnesium (Purchase as an additional supplement if not included)
*200 mcg. Selenium
If you have a hard time finding the right multivitamin, it's always possible to tack on another supplement to make up the difference. Don't go beyond the suggested amounts, however, since some vitamins, notably those which are fat soluble, can build up inside your tissues in toxic amounts. Some minerals are also toxic in high doses.
Here are some specific vitamins you'll want to add to your regimen as natural remedies for menopause:
*Vitamin C: 500 mg. two times a day. If your multivitamin contains Vitamin C, make sure it contains this amount, or add enough to bring the dose up to this level.
*Vitamin A: 5000 IU-Take care not to exceed this amount.
*Vitamin E: 400-800 IU each day
*Calcium: 600 mg. twice a day
*Mixed carotenes (for instance beta carotene): 3-6 mg. per day
*Coenzyme Q10: 50 mg. every day. Those at risk for heart disease should double this amount.
*Phosphatidyl serine (PS) and acetyle-l-carnitine: take 100-300 mg. PS, and 500-2000 mg. ALC