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Ingredient Details for MenoSmart Plus:
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) Extract 4:1
Dong Quai is an effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause, especially hot flashes, as well as painful menstruation, lack of menstruation (spotting but no full blood flow), and will relieve too frequent menstruation (more than one menstrual cycle per month). In menstruating women it is also recommended for treating infertility.
Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) Extract 10:1
(0.6% Acubine) Vitex, is effective in the balancing of hormones and has been traditionally used for the treatment of menstrual abnormalities, PMS, and menopausal complaints. It is especially important for women who are estrogen dominant with conditions including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breasts and to improve the progesterone to estrogen ratio.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)
(2mg of triterpene glycosides measured as 27-deoxyacteine) Black cohosh is the most researched herb for the treatment of the symptoms of menopause and replacement for standard hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progestins). Effective in the treatment of the following perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms: hot flashes, profuse perspiration, headaches, heart palpitations, depression, PMS, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), sleep disturbances, vaginal atrophy (thinning of the vagina causing painful intercourse), vaginal dryness, nervousness, irritability and loss of concentration.
Sage Leaf (Salvia Officinalis)
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the European Union recently approved 300 mg of sage as a treatment for excessive perspiration associated with menopause and in the United Kingdom, medical herbalists treat menopausal women suffering hot flashes and night sweats with sage.
Gamma-oryzanol (ferulic acid)
Gamma-oryzanol isolated from rice bran oil is used for the treatment of hot flashes and to enhance pituitary function and promote endorphin release by the hypothalamus thereby improving mood. Not only is it a very effective substance for alleviating menopausal symptoms but it also lowers triglycerides and total cholesterol.
Hesperidin, a potent flavonoid, improves the vascular system and our capillaries thereby improving cardiovascular health and reduction of bruising. It has also been shown to reduce hot flashes and night time leg cramps.
Menopause means one year with no menstrual period. Peri-menopause is the 10 to 15 years before menopause and everything after the periods have stopped for one year is post menopause. The average age of menopause is 52 years. At menopause the ovaries have stopped producing eggs and there is no possibility of pregnancy. Smoking, medication, surgery (oophorectomy), radiation and autoimmune disease that affects the ovaries can trigger premature menopause. Menopause is not a disease, but rather is a natural milestone in every woman’s life.
On average, 70-80 percent of women will experience mild to moderate symptoms, while 10-15 percent will suffer with severe symptoms and may require hospitalization. The most obvious symptom is the cessation of menses. Symptoms include anxiety, hot flashes and night sweats, problems with sleep, vaginal itching (with or without discharge) brain fog, memory problems, mood swings, irritability, depression, migraine headaches, new environmental allergies and food sensitivities, weight gain, urinary incontinence (aggravated by coughing, sneezing or laughing), recurring urinary tract or vaginal infections. Increased risk of heart disease and bone loss are also associated with menopause in susceptible women.
Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life. When our ovaries stop producing estrogen, our adrenal glands are supposed to kick in and provide us with the estrogen we need. Our fat cells also produce estrogen and so does the uterus. Then our liver processes and packages those hormones and the thyroid hormones play a role. What makes the difference between a woman who has no symptoms at menopause and the woman who suffers with a multitude of the symptoms mentioned above? Women with exhausted adrenals, low levels of thyroid hormones and a congested liver will have terrible menopause symptoms compared to women with a healthy liver, thyroid and adrenals. (See Adrenal Exhaustion and Thyroid for more information.) Low levels of thyroid hormones cause extreme hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness and flooding, irregular periods. Exhausted adrenals promote insomnia whereby you go to bed and fall asleep just fine, but wake up three hours later and are unable to return to sleep.