Nutritional supplementation is a very important part of an optional health program for women in the menopause years,” wrote Dr. Susan M. Lark in her book, “The Menopause Self Help Book : A Woman’s Guide for the Second Half of Her Life” (Celestial Arts, 1992).
In this book, Dr. Susan Lark tells how to manage menopause and how the unpleasant symptoms and emotional turmoil (hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, anxiety, osteoporosis, etc.) can be prevented or relieved using a variety of dietary and other natural techniques (exercise, acupressure, stress reduction and yoga). Here are some of the nutrients Dr. Lark discussed to help relieve health problems related to menopause.
1. Vitamin A for the growth and support of the skin, mucous membranes, and eyes. Medical studies have shown that low vitamin A intake can put a woman at higher risk of heavy menstrual bleeding, abnormal Pap smears, and cervical cancer. This vitamin has also been used successfully to treat noncancerous breast lumps at the University of Montreal Medical School.
2. Vitamin B-complex to ease emotional stress related to menopause.
3. Vitamin C as an important anti-stress vitamin which help to fight infections.
4. Bioflavonoids. This nutrient is also called the “menopause vitamin” found to have chemical activity similar to estrogen and can be used as an estrogen substitute. It is found abundantly in citrus fruits, especially in the pulp and the white of the rind.
5. Vitamin D for the prevention of osteoporosis.
6. Vitamin E for it’s usefulness in relieving hot flashes and the psychological symptoms of menopause. Along with bioflavonoids, vitamin E can also act as estrogen substitute.
7. Calcium for strong and healthy bones.
8. Magnesium for bone health and as an effective therapy for the treatment of menopause fatique.
9. Potassium for normal muscle contraction and heartbeat and to help preserve the acid-base balance as well as the fluid balance of the body.
10. Iron to relieve menstrual bleeding. Iron also plays a role in maintaining healthy breast tissue and prevents breast disease.
11. Essential Fatty Acids for normal development of the brain, eyes, inner ears, adrenal glands, and reproductive tract.