Today, through this article, experts are telling us about some vitamins that can help reduce the symptoms of menopause.
When women reach a certain age, their periods stop. It marks the end of a reproductive stage in a woman's life. A woman's body undergoes a lot of hormonal changes during menopause. It gives rise to many symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, dryness in the vagina, insomnia, mood changes, changes in sexual desire, etc. Some women experience minor symptoms and some women experience similar symptoms more severely. But there is no need to worry because some vitamins can help reduce the symptoms of menopause and improve the lives of women.
Hormonal fluctuations in the body mainly interfere with estrogen and progesterone levels. Imbalance in these hormones causes problems such as osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and heart diseases. Some vitamins help reduce problems arising from low estrogen levels. Some of those vitamins are:
Calcium is an essential vitamin to protect bones from damage. As the hormone levels drop during menopause, bone health begins to deteriorate. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure continuous intake of calcium through diet and supplements prescribed by the doctor.
Vitamin A includes a group of compounds known as retinoids. Vitamin A, when first formed, is known as retinol and accumulates in the liver. Retinol is produced when one consumes animal products, beta-carotene-rich fruits and vegetables, and vitamin A-rich supplements. Vitamin A is an excellent supplement for healthy bones; However, its use in large amounts is considered to increase the risk of fracture during menopause in women.
This water-soluble vitamin is commonly found in many foods and is essential for building red blood cells, DNA production, neurological function, and bone health. Vitamin- B12 deficiency in the body can cause problems such as depression, confusion, dementia, fatigue, constipation, and loss of appetite. Especially for women undergoing menopause, doctors usually recommend taking vitamin-B12 supplements.
This vitamin plays an important role in producing serotonin which helps in transmitting signals to the brain. Fluctuations in serotonin levels are responsible for depression and loss of energy in women during menopause.
The primary source of vitamin D is sunshine. Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of bone fractures, resulting in softening and pain in the bones. Although it is possible to take it in adequate amounts through sunlight and diet, doctors also usually recommend taking supplements.
This vitamin helps prevent cell damage in the body. It helps reduce inflammation and stress and reduces the risk of weight gain, heart diseases, and depression. In the case of menopause, it is advisable to take 15mg of vitamins daily.
Although most of these vitamins are necessary for the body to function properly during menopause, an overdose of these vitamins can cause certain problems. Therefore, you should consult a trained medical professional and follow the advice of your body and consume the right amount of vitamins as per your body's requirement.
Special thanks to Dr. Sheila HS (MD (Obigayani)) for her expert advice.