Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. If a woman after 45 years of age goes for 12 months without menstruating, it signifies they have entered the Menopause stage of life.
Several health conditions like Weight Gain, Heart Diseases, Osteoporosis and Hot Flashes are associated with Menopause and its related hormonal imbalances. You know that Estrogen production hits hard brakes in the body with the onset of Menopause. If left unchecked, the symptoms become full blown diseases in later years troubling women and her family alike.
But you need not allow Menopause take the fun out of your life. Instead you can take control of your health in your senior years.
In this article we quickly examine the above health conditions and their relationship with Menopause along with effective natural remedies recommended for Menopausal women.
1. Weight Gain
What makes menopausal women gain weight?
Menopause is related to low circulating Oestrogen levels. This hormonal imbalance causes energy homeostasis and alters hunger and satiety signals.
Menopausal women experience more intense hunger signals encouraging increased food intake which promotes weight gain.
NutriTherapy: An appetite suppressant Phytonutrient (Capsaicinoids) combined with satiety increasing bioactive nutrient (Thylakoids) can be an excellent remedy in weight reduction and also preventing weight gain.
2. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
Women after Menopause, are at a higher risk of developing CVDs due to Estrogen deficiency and Dysregulated Lipid metabolism.
Menopause increases LDL-C (low-density lipoprotein, also known as “bad” cholesterol) levels in the blood. The function of LDL is to transport cholesterol to the tissues. LDL creates plaque which is a thick and hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them rigid, resulting in Atherosclerosis.
Natural vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) minimises oxidative stress, not only in the aqueous phase but also in the lipid phase of the mitochondrial membranes. This decreases LDL-C levels in the blood. Vitamin E and vitamin C form a great synergy together, since the former is lipophilic while the latter is hydrophilic.
Women after menopause are more prone to Osteoporosis. Because in postmenopausal women, the secretion of the hormone Estrogen in the body decreases radically. Estrogen plays a vital role in preserving the bone mass and signals cells in the bones to stop breaking down.
Hence, there is an increased risk of bone remodelling imbalances like Osteoclast activity, which reduces the mineral density in the bone and makes it brittle. Brittle bones fracture or break easily and to add to the condition, they cannot be fixed back. This condition is called Osteoporosis, which takes its toll in senior years. There is no known cure in modern medicine.
It’s better to keep your bones healthy and prevent Osteoporosis from occurring.
NutriTherapy: Use Soy Isoflavones, a natural phytoestrogen, which shares the structural and functional homogeneity with Estrogen. Phytoestrogens have benefits in osteoporosis therapy by maintaining bone density through decreasing osteoclast resorption and stimulating osteoblasts. As an added bonus, the Hydrogels present in Soy Isoflavones can fill the empty spaces in bones.
4. Hot Flashes
Hot Flashes are experienced by up to 75% of women as they go through their menopause transition. Hot flashes cause feelings of sudden hotness, along with flushed skin and sweating. It is caused by the dysfunction of the central thermoregulatory system when Estrogen availability is low
Hot flashes are among the most talked about symptom of menopause. They can also last a few years after menopause.
Lignans are thought to have Estrogen agonist and antagonist effects as well as antioxidant properties. So they will function as natural Estrogen and help to cure Hot Flashes and its associated pain and inconvenience.
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