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          Supplements for Menopausal and Hormonal Symptoms

          December 10, 2003

          Robin McGraw shares a list of natural supplements that have helped her put her hormones back in balance and ease menopausal symptoms.

          To Relieve Menopausal Symptoms

          • Black Cohosh
          • B12 and B6 vitamins
          • Folic Acid
          • Inositol

          “These four items are very good for overall menopausal symptoms,” explains Robin, “especially black cohosh, which is good for hot flashes. The B12, B6 and folic acid help with mood and to ease you through the transition. The inositol also helps with mood. You take it at night and it helps you to sleep.”

          Essential Oils

          • Flax Seed Oil
          • Evening Primrose Oil
          • Vitamin E
          • Omega-3

          “These are really good overall for hormone symptoms,” says Robin. “Essential oils are good for joints because sore joints can be a symptom of menopause.”

          Menopause and Weight Gain
          Robin goes on to explain that weight gain can be a symptom of menopause because menopause affects the thyroid gland, which helps regulate body weight. “When you get your blood work done, there is a range for the thyroid and your doctor can tell you if yours is normal. I bought a basal thermometer and every morning for 10 days, I put it under my arm and recorded my temperature. If it’s even a degree below 98, then you are susceptible to having a low thyroid. Mine was 95. My doctor had told me I was fine, but mine was very low so I went on natural hormone therapy.”

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