Get the oestrogen needed to help you through changing times

Everyone knows that oestrogen is important to a woman’s health.

At the time of menopause a woman’s wellbeing can be maintained by eating a diet high in isoflavone phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens).

Unfortunately the Western diet is not high in the kind of foods that deliver these nutrients. In contrast, eastern diets are rich in legumes, which have a high amount of phytoestrogens.

Promensil (previously known as Novogen Redclover) can be taken daily to provide women of menopausal age with the same amount of isoflavones as would be found in an Eastern pulse-based diet.

Promensil comes in a variety of strengths designed to help women through the menopausal experience.

Keep zinc and magnesium levels up to avoid hair loss

Do you know which minerals you need for your health? Take this test to see how much you know…

Everyone knows calcium is important for healthy bones, but did you know that zinc and magnesium are too? They are especially important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; also, growing children, menopausal women and the elderly need extra calcium, zinc and magnesium for changing bodies too.

Hair loss
Hair loss is one of the results of magnesium deficiency

One of the well known problems if you’re lacking these minerals is hair loss. It’s easy to keep topped up in zinc and magnesium by munching pumpkin seeds and the like. Alternatively, you can enjoy the ease of a daily dose of Floradix Saludynam which provides the right balance of magnesium, zinc and calcium plus Vitamin D in a fruity liquid form. There’s no additives, preservatives or colourings, no gluten, just a perfect formula for strong bones, teeth and hair.

One last word of advice. because the balance of these vitamins in your body can be so vital, it is worth having a chat with your doctor before using a zinc/magnesium supplement.

Why do you need Prebiotics? And other musings…

Why do you need Prebiotics?

They cultivate good bacteria in your gut and kill off the bad ones. A healthy balance of good bacteria means you’ll have a better immune system, absorb nutrients more efficiently (especially calcium), and improve your bowel health.

Why do we need Calcium?

We all know that calcium is good for the bones. It is also essential for your metabolism and muscles, it protects your heart and improves premenstrual moods. Too little calcium and your body can soon be in a mess, but if you overdose on it you won’t absorb nutrients properly.

Why do we need Cranberries?

Cranberries inhibit bacteria at work in your body and helps reduce inflammation. The knock on effect has been linked to heart health, kidney stones, urinary health, gum disease and cancer.

Why do you need Flaxseed?

For Omega 3 apart from anything else. It has been found to have an impact on the symptoms of arthritis, colitis, cancer, heart disease and even acne. Flaxseed helps your hormone levels and is a natural way to normalize the menstrual cycle, manage menopause, and lower the risk of osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease.

How can you get them?

Calciflax is a new food supplement from Lifestream which is 100% natural and has Calcium, Flaxseed, Prebiotics and Cranberries in it. It is ethically made and can easily be added to cereals or smoothies, yoghurts and salads.

If you’re interested, take a look

Do you know what K2 can do for you?

What do you think of when you read ‘K2’?

Possibly the highest mountain in the world?
Perhaps the London Bus route?
A two-seater kayak…?

Whatever you think of it’s probably not the vitamin for bone, blood and heart health. K2 is also beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease, a variety of cancers, varicose veins, and skin aging.

If you have children or are elderly you may have come across Vitamin K. What you may not know is that while Vitamin K1 is readily available in the diet it only stays in the body for 8 hours, whereas K2 is more effective because it is 10x more easily absorbed and is still at work in your body 3 days later.

But K2 cannot be gained from the average diet.

It can be consumed by eating spirulina or through supplements like VitaNat (taken from the Japanese food Natto) or Veridian’s Bone Complex.

Women who have experienced the menopause lose bone mass at an incresed rate, and they, along with the elderly and children, will benefit from a good intake of Vitamin K.

Sea Buckthorn Oil, omega 7 and the unspeakable issues of the menopause

I have recently come to appreciate the benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil, have you heard of it? No neither had I, nor had my mother. Why this uniquely cleaver little oil is not more widely acclaimed I’m not sure, so I delved a little deeper into it’s history and qualities. Here is what I discovered.

What is Sea Buckthorn oil?

Sea Buckthorn is found in Asia and Europe. It was used by Tibetan and Mongolians more than one thousand years ago as a medicinal ingredient. You can never underestimate those Tibetans can you? The interesting feature of the Sea Buckthorn berry is that it contains omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 – jackpot!! The omega 7 is the interesting one, palmitoleic acid, in which Sea Buckthorn is exceptionally rich. Palmitoleic acid is rerely found in plants so this is a rare quality possessed by Sea Buckthorn. As if that was not enough, sea buckthorn is also rich in natural antioxidants (tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids) and plant sterols.

What are the benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil?

This may sound good so far, but why should we get excited about omega 7?

Omega 7 may help to maintain the natural lubrication of mucous membranes of the vaginal tract during the menopause. Its soothing action may help maintain natural lubrication of mucous membranes not only in the vaginal tract but also in the mouth, eyes and digestive tract.  Like skin, mucus plays an important part in protecting the internal organs. Mucous membranes line much of our internal systems and mucous can be a route into our bodies for harmful substances and bacteria, so healthy and strong mucous membranes are important for general health. Sea Buckthorn oil is said to be good for mouth ulcers too though I have never tried it.

Why should we get excited about antioxidants and plant sterols?

The antioxidants in sea buckthorn oil help prevent free radical damage to cell membranes. Free radical damage is the damage to our systems by waste products in our bodies which are produced by oxidation, yes just breathing. Our breathing and general existence produces bi-products which “attack and age” our bodies. Anti-oxidants help to subdue the wear and tear we experience through this oxidation so they are a valuable nutrient to include in our diets.

What about the plant sterols found in Sea Buckthorn Oil, is that of any benefit? Yes,  plant sterols are known to be of benefit to cholesterol management and our metabolism.

Where can I buy Sea Buckthorn Oil?

Pharma Nord Sea Buckthorn oil comes in both 60 vege caps and 150 vege caps sizes and is also present in the Higher Nature Essential Omegas mix of omegas 3,6,7,9 available in 30 caps, 90 caps and 180 caps.

Avoid HRT, try out a natural menopause aid

Don’t do it! Not unless you absolutely feel cornered and desperate.

HRT, hormone replacement therapy has been seen to increase your risk of developing various serious health conditions by huge percentages. The US Women’s Health Initiative did a study which published the following results for increased risk through taking a hormone replacement therapy during the menopause:

Coronary heart disease-related events 29%
Stroke, 41%
Deep vein thromobosis, 200%
Blood clot in lungs, over 200%
Invasive breast cancer 24%
All cancers among previous HRT users 86%
Ovarian cancer 38%
Lung cancer 60%.

These are results not to be sniffed at. Having just crawled my way through the menopause I would emphatically like to say to you all, try the natural products first. They are milder, but HRT, as these statistics show,  is simply not worth the risk except as a last resort.

What is the Menopause?

Menopause means – the last menstrual period and can take place from the age of 45 onwards. The average for the menopause is around 51, but thankfully we are all different. Different in the way the menopause affects us and different in how we choose to manage our menopause symptoms. Typical symptoms include hot flushes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, night sweats plus loss of concentration. In addition to this, the menopause increases our risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.

Natural and complimentary helps

All of us need a little extra support and understanding during these years, and many of us need a little extra help in the form of medication. Let’s take a look at the natural remedies and complementary therapies available.  Some help in a preventative way, some help to relax, some are renowned for calming hot flushes or vaginal dryness and others just great for all round health in the menopause years. As a basic foundation a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement would be a good idea at this time especially Vitamin E and C and Vitamin B complex.

Let’s take a look at the more specific natural alternatives:
Black Cohosh – a herbal preperation from the herb Actaea racemosa of the buttercup family, good at driving away insects and the preparation is thought to help keep at bay hot flushes, help reduce insomnia, depression and night sweats. Being a herbal remedy, black cohosh is mild and while it does help some with some of these symptoms, it does not help everyone.  My conclusion is that it is well worth a try before heading down the HRT path.  The trials that have been done on Black Cohosh tried it for 2 months taking 20mg twice a day.

Sea Buckthorn Oil – An oil from the sea buckthorn plant ( a Himalayan shrub) which is rich in essential fatty acids including omega 7 which is extremely effective in maintaining the health of the mucous membranes of our bodies including the vaginal tract. This little capsule should  help with vaginal dryness – that very embarrassing and little mentioned symptom of the menopause.

Soya Isoflavones –  Isoflavones are antioxidants that also act as phytoestrogens and are know to help fight against certain types of breast cancer.  Soya beans are rich in these isoflavones. However is not with breast cancer that we are primarily concerned in this article.  On the run up to the menopause(the perimenopause)  the ovaries lose the ability to produce estrogen and progesterone. The diminishing production of estrogen can be central to mood fluctuation, irritability as well as diminishing bone density. By supplementing with isoflavones, the natural hormone replacement,  these symptoms may be eased. Again, not strong enough for all women but well worth a try as there are many positive trial results that give isoflvones from soy or red clover its name of the natural HRT hormone.

I scraped through the menopause the natural way, and now reading the HRT statistics, I am very grateful that they are there to try.  Even if they are not everyones cup of tea, they are cerainly mine.





Vaginal dryness during the menopause

Vaginal dryness is one of the most common symptoms of the menopause. As it is more than a little embarrassing we are not so willing to talk about it as we are our hot flushes.

Menopause vaginal dryness mainly affects women between 40-65 and as many as 80% of us women entering the menopause are affected by it. Of those 80%, half of us continue to experience vaginal dryness well after all other menopause symptoms have finished.

What’s happening down there?

The mucus membranes of the vagina normally produce a fluid of natural lubricant that keeps the vagina moist, elastic and strong. The Estrogen in our bodies is responsible for producting this lubricant which doubles as an anti bacterial and anti fungal protection too. So, during the menopause when the estrogen ceases it’s duties, all of this function of our bodies ceases too. So we becoem dryer, our tissues lose elasticity and strength, the membranes become thinner, more fragile and sensitive. The result is a proneness to Thrush, itching or other infections, sore or painful intercourse maybe with some bleeding as the membranes are so fragile, and a host of other irritations.

What can I do about it?
HRT will help maintain the function of estrogen in our bodies, or if you want to avoid HRT in general and more local estrogen application is available. There are many personal lubricants on the market specifically for use during sex.  There are also a variety of vaginal moisturisers which not only help with painful intercourse but also alleiviate some itching and general irritation.

Topical applications can be messy and take away the spontaneity in our life.  So is there an alternative?

Omega 7 , Seabuckthorn oil is from the sea-buckthorn berry, a very nutritious berry which gives us both a creamy substance, good for skin, which is used for cosmetics and a nutritious oil, which is 12 times richer in vitamin C than oranges and also contains carotenoids, vitamin E, amino acids, dietary minerals and polyphenolic acids.

As Sea buckthorn oil has not had clinical trials in this area I cannot say more about it, but here is what Lynn Carr, 57 has to say about her experiences:

‘The problems started when I came off HRT. Intimate dryness was just one of the problems I experienced; sex became very painful and I would experience bleeding afterwards.  Our sex life all but fizzled out.’

Lynn was looking for a natural product and came across Maryon Stewart, the founds or the Natural Health Advisory Service (NAHS) and a renowned natural menopause expert.  ‘Mayon was great, ‘ says Lynn, ‘she gave me advice on diet, exercise and natural supplements I should be taking’.  Maryon recommended that Lynn take Omega 7.  ‘ A lot of women I work with are very happy with the results they get from Omega 7, and they find they are back on track in no time.  It is much easier to swallow a capsule than mess around with lubricants, it really allows for spontaneity in your love life, explains Maryon.

Lynn started taking two capsules, twice a day, for the first two months, and one capsule, twice per day, after that. ‘Within a month I had already begun to notice a difference and after three months, our sex life was back to normal.  An extra bonus was that all my friends started commenting on how good my skin and hair were looking.  I have been taking Omega 7 for 3 years now and I recommend it to all my friends.  It shouldn’t just be my secret!’

Omega 7, sea-buckthorn oil, is available as 60 or 150 caps