Supporting Menopause

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Menopause can be a very difficult transition time for many women. Uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, forgetfulness and fatigue can be very disruptive to everyday life. Using some key nutritional support can help provide effective relief by working to balance hormones, increase energy levels and ease stress. Consulting with your physician about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is another option that might be right for you.

Consider the following for support in menopause:

Phytoestrogens are plant substances that are capable of attaching to estrogen receptors in the body. Because they have a balancing effect on estrogen levels, phytoestrogens can be used in cases of either estrogen excess or in deficiency states. Pathway PHYTOESTROGEN PLUS is a formula that includes herbs such as black cohosh, chaste berry and dong quai for comprehensive menopausal support.

Stress can be a significant factor contributing to the uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause. Because the adrenal glands largely take over sex hormone production after menopause, supporting adrenal health and providing relaxation support can make a big difference in a woman’s quality of life. Pathway ADRENAL SUPPORT is a concentrated adaptogenic herbal formula that also features select B vitamins.

Progesterone creams help to balance the estrogen-to-progesterone ratio in the body and can help to ease menopausal symptoms. Pathway CRÈME DE FEMME contains natural progesterone from extract of wild yam in a base of aloe vera gel in purified water, Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol and mixed tocopherols), almond oil, rose hip oil, a humectifier to preserve moisture, and keratin for connective tissues. Pathway CRÈME DE FEMME does not contain methyl paraben or propyl paraben, preservatives that cause skin irritation in sensitive people.

Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a substance found in some vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc.), and its metabolite, di-indolylmethane (DIM) exhibit protective powers against breast (and other types of) cancer. These substances help support healthy estrogen metabolism by the liver, thereby decreasing the risk of estrogen sensitive cancers.

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