Menopause supplements and even the topic of taking vitamin and mineral supplements for any condition, let alone taking menopause supplements for relieving menopause symptoms, can be a source of controversy and contradiction.
There are many points of view!
What I am going to do is simply present some basic information on natural supplements and their benefits for women in menopause, and you can decide for yourself.
I happen to be of the persuasion that taking vitamin and mineral supplements is a good thing!
Before getting into the specifics of menopause supplements you should learn exactly what vitamins really are.
All natural vitamins are organic food substances found only in living things like plants and animals. Less than twenty substances have been discovered so far that are believed to be active as vitamins in human nutrition.
Each of these vitamins is present in varying degrees in specific foods and each is absolutely necessary for proper growth, maintenance and health. For the most part our bodies cannot synthesize vitamins-they must be supplied in the diet or in natural supplements.
Because vitamins work on the cellular level in our bodies, a lack of one or more vitamins can cause many varied symptoms. Taking vitamins and certain menopause supplements helps offset possible vitamin deficiencies in our bodies because we are not getting adequate nutrition through our diet alone.
Taking vitamins does not produce results overnight, but this does assist our body’s cell regeneration and alteration in body chemistry necessary for repair, and so it may take weeks or sometimes months before the benefits are noticeably felt in our bodies. Now, what are minerals?
Minerals are nutrients that exist in our body and in food in organic and inorganic combinations. There are approximately seventeen minerals essential to human nutrition. Minerals are vital to our overall mental and physical well being.
Minerals are constituents of our bones, teeth, soft tissue, muscle, blood and nerve cells. So they are important in maintaining and strengthening such things in our body as our skeletal structure, preserving the vigour of our heart and brain and our muscle and nerve systems.
Minerals co-exist with vitamins and their work is interrelated. For example, some B Complex vitamins are absorbed when combined with phosphorus. Vitamin C helps increase the absorption of iron and Calcium absorption would not occur without Vitamin D.
The primary minerals, known as “macrominerals,” are: Calcium, Chlorine, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Sodium and Sulphur. These minerals are present in relatively high amounts in our body tissues.
Other minerals, called “trace minerals,” are present in only the most minute quantities in our body, but are equally essential for our body to function and be healthy.
When we enter menopause our body’s hormone levels and body chemistry is becoming significantly altered. Therefore anything we can do naturally, such as taking menopause supplements, to help our body maintain a good nutritional foundation will make this transition easier.