As you head into menopause, there will be a lot of changes in your life, especially in regards to your hormone levels. During this time, as hormones fluctuate wildly, you can experience hot flashes, fatigue, mood changes and a wide range of other undesirable symptoms. But you do not need to go through menopause without the support you need for hormonal balance and overall health and well-being.

There are a number of herbs which have shown promise in research studies and which may be able to help you feel and function more optimally during these turbulent years. Looking for an easy, affordable way to take the herbs below? They are all available in one simple capsule in the highly-rated STAYING COOL Hot Flashes & Menopause Natural Relief Supplement by Eu Natural.

We will share some tips with you for getting the most out of herbal supplements for menopause later in the article. But now, let's talk about some of the different herbs which may be effective and some of the research currently backing them up.

1. Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is related to buttercup, and has long been used in traditional medicine for female health problems. One small study checked the efficacy of black cohosh against conjugated estrogens and placebos. The researchers found that the participants taking black cohosh scored better on the Kupperman index, a scale which measures the severity of menopause symptoms. Furthermore, black cohosh appeared to reduce their anxiety compared to the placebo.

2. Chaste tree berry (Vitex)

Vitex agnus-castus extract commonly is marketed as Vitex, but sometimes as chaste tree berry. It is a dopaminergic, acting on the pituitary gland. The result is that along with increased dopamine production, your body also has increased production of progesterone and reduced production of prolactin.

As a result of these actions, Vitex may be helpful in mitigating the symptoms of perimenopause, and may also be helpful in treating a range of other conditions relating to hormonal balance. In fact, if you are experiencing the symptoms of “estrogen dominance,” which are similar to symptoms of perimenopause, you might also want to give Vitex a try.

3. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha extract comes from Withania somnifera. The main value of this herb during perimenopause is to help alleviate increases you may be experiencing in anxiety.

In this study, researchers tested 300 mg of ashwagandha together with deep breathing, dietary counseling and a multivitamin against standardized psychotherapy intervention. It was found that there was a “significant decrease in anxiety levels” for the group that took the herb in comparison to the group that was given the standardized therapy.

4. Shatavari

Shatavari extract may have value to you both during perimenopause and after the transition is complete. According to this paper, “Research studies on menopause suggest encouraging results of Shatavari on relieving menopausal syndrome including hot flushes, irritability, vaginal dryness, night sweats, etc.”

Also worth a look is this study, which shows that Shatavari may be a useful herb when it comes to increasing bone metabolism. Being as the risk for osteoporosis increases after menopause, it is important to support bone health.

5. Hop Extract

Research into using hop extract for menopause is in the early stages, as indicated by the name of this study, “A first prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the use of a standardized hop extract to alleviate menopausal discomforts.”

Results from the study are promising, with the researchers concluding, “Daily intake of a hop extract, standardized on 8-PN as a potent phytoestrogen, exerted favorable effects on vasomotor symptoms and other menopausal discomforts.”

6. Pueraria mirifica

Yet another herb to consider for menopause is Pueraria mirifica, which is native to Thailand and Myanmar. As this study explains, “Pueraria mirifica demonstrates great promise in the treatment of climacteric symptoms among perimenopausal women. However, optimal doses should be clinically assessed, to meet appropriate individual responses.”

7. Magnolia 

When it comes to improving the quality of sleep during menopause, one herb to try is magnolia extract. This study “showed the efficacy of Magnolia extract and magnesium on psycho-affective and sleep disturbances in menopause, in addition to the effects of isoflavones on vasomotor symptoms.”

Tips for Getting the Best Results From Hormone Balancing Supplements for Menopause

If you do decide to try one or more of these herbal remedies for menopause symptoms, here are some recommendations for optimum effectiveness:
  1. Take your supplement every day, and do not skip doses.
  2. Be patient waiting to judge the results. It can take time for hormones to balance and effects to be evident.
  3. Continue taking the supplement over the long term. You will get the most dramatic benefits if you take it over a period of weeks or months.
  4. Stay away from products which contain unnecessary binders, additives and fillers.
  5. Along with taking a herbal supplement for menopause, you should also incorporate other healthy lifestyle practices. That means eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and getting as much sleep as you can.
The product we mentioned earlier, STAYING COOL by Eu Natural, does not contain any artificial additives. It combines all of the herbs mentioned above along with other healthy nutrients to support your body and mind during menopause.

So, if your menopause symptoms are getting you down, consider standing up to them with a healthy herbal supplement. Hopefully, you will be feeling more like yourself soon.

*Contributed post.

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