It’s pretty safe to say that most people understand the importance of vitamins for keeping healthy. For women approaching menopause, there are two, vitamins A and B12 that have the capacity to reduce symptoms. Here’s how taking these super vitamins work.
How Menopause Affects You
For many women, menopause is a ‘disturbing’ reality and they can’t escape it. First, the amount of estrogen produced reduces signifying perimenopause. Menstruation becomes irregular but a variety of other symptoms can present. Eventually, estrogen becomes so low that women enter full menopause. Besides not producing ova and therefore, ceasing to menstruate, other symptoms include insomnia, hot flushes, weight gain, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness along a change in libido.
For some women, Mother Nature is kind and they go through both stages without experiencing any serious symptoms although they are still exposed to the risk of developing other conditions, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and urinary incontinence.
To deal with symptoms of low estrogen, many women consider taking combinations of vitamins designed to help with menopause but without vitamins A and B12, no supplement will be effective.
Vitamin A is essentially a combination of compounds, called retinoids, which is why it is sometimes referred to as retinol. Vitamin A is found in animal products, although it is also found in vegetables and fruits rich in beta-carotene. Vitamin A supplements are also found in some fortified foods such as juice drinks and breakfast cereals.
A lack of vitamin A causes bone weakening and deformation. However, getting this vitamin from the right sources, including natural sunlight, is very important. Vitamin A is absorbed directly by the liver and stays there until the body needs it. This means there’s always a risk of large doses causing liver toxicity. Obtaining your dose of vitamin A from natural beta-carotene is less likely to cause problems.
You can take vitamin A in a supplement form, but ensure it is no more than 5,000 IU, the daily recommended amount (RDA) but also ensure the supplement you choose provides you with at least 20% of this vitamin from beta-carotene. Regular use will help prevent bone-related issues associated with menopause and low estrogen levels.
This is a water soluble vitamin that can prevent low estrogen symptoms. Proper levels of vitamin B12 are essential for bone health, neurological function, DNA production and the formation of red blood cells. Insufficient vitamin B12 intensifies the symptoms of menopause such as fatigue, constipation, weakness, depression, balance problems, confusion and possibly even early-onset dementia.
It’s tempting to try anything when suffering with intense menopause symptoms but taking vitamins for menopause, like anything else, carry a risk. A balanced diet is always the best way for a body to take in vitamins but during menopause, it’s the regularity of the dose that is important. It is often better to take a supplement. However, before you start taking these two super vitamins regularly, consult your health professional. To get the dosage correct they may need to establish hormones levels and monitor liver function.