Menopause is a time when the ovaries reduce the production of estrogen and progesterone. This may cause unwanted side effects such as hot flashes, insomnia or depression. Natural products may be a solution to consider, especially for those trying to avoid the side effects caused by doctor-prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT). These products help maintain a healthy balance of hormone and other systems in the body, promoting overall health during menopause and the years to follow.Black Cohosh
Clinical studies show black cohosh to be as effective as an HRT for relief of not only hot flashes, but depression and vaginal atrophy as well. It also is effective in managing night sweats, insomnia and depression. The most popular way to take black cohosh is in a comprehensive formula such as Lindberg Menopause Support, which provides 40 mg twice daily or EstroSoy Plus by Nature’s Way. If you prefer to take black cohosh by itself, Lindberg Black Cohosh Extract is also a good choice.Isoflavones
Isoflavones are found in soy, red clover and other plants. They act as powerful antioxidants and have beneficial effects on hormonal systems as well as bone and cardiovascular health. A typical dose for menopausal symptoms is 40 mg taken twice daily. Lindberg Menopause Support contains this amount of isoflavones as well as black cohosh and other menopause ingredients. Soy protein is another option typically providing about 1 mg of isoflavones per gram of protein. Fitness Labs Soy Protein Isolate “Certified” has about triple the isoflavones of regular soy, so you only need to consume about 13-14g of protein from soy to get 40 mg of isoflavones.Progesterone Cream
Women use progesterone cream to combat “estrogen dominance,” which is when estrogen levels are relatively higher than progesterone levels, creating a hormonal imbalance. The cream often helps calm hot flashes, improves libido and mood and plays a crucial role in bone health. One of many popular creams is Emerita Pro-Gest Body Cream .