By: Team Better Together
Menstruation, perimenopause, and post-menopause are all natural stages in women’s lives that should be celebrated rather than fought. That being said, the transition into post-menopause can be hard on your mind and body. Here are three herbs and supplements that Alisa Vitti recommends to help ease this transition and benefit your overall health along the way.
Flax is one of the healthiest herbs out there, but it can be especially helpful for menopausal symptoms due to the phytoestrogens it contains. Some might think this would make symptoms worse by seemingly increasing estrogen levels, but it actually is used by your body in place of any excess estrogen you may have and therefore will alleviate symptoms caused by too much estrogen such as especially heavy and clotted periods.
As women progress into menopause it can become harder to sleep, but getting enough rest is paramount to your overall health and to reducing hot flashes. Melatonin is an essential micronutrient that you should begin taking in your mid 40s, if cleared to do so by a doctor, to help with this. In addition, melatonin can even help rejuvenate ovarian function for women in the IVF process!
All micronutrients are important no matter what age we are, but studies have shown a unique benefit of Omega 3 fatty acids: they can actually delay menopause by a few years! Ovulation is critical for your short term and long term health because the hormones released during it protect your brain, heart, and bones; so ovulating for as long as you can is very important especially as you grow older as you will have banked the benefits of those few extra years Omega 3s can be found in supplements or in fatty fish such as salmon, and should be taken at least three times a week to see this benefit. Don’t forget to get your fiber too!