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Whole food vitamin supplements for menopause can help prevent disease and reduce uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia. When you reach the age of menopause, certain health issues come up, maybe for the first time. For me, it was heart disease and diabetes, two diseases that run rampant throughout my family. I have an aunt that died from diabetes, my mother had it, and my grandfather and two of my brothers had heart attacks at around fifty years of age.
As I progressed through perimenopause into post-menopause, I became concerned about other issues as well: osteoporosis, brain function, joint pain and stiffness, and of course, a very big one for me, energy.
And there are the many symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, and I was lucky enough to experience most of them! Hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, digestive problems, weight gain, and it goes on and on. Fortunately most of that is behind me now, and because I am always researching for this website, I found many solutions along the way. One of those was whole food vitamin supplements.
Help Prevent Diseases of Aging
Most diseases of aging are considered lifestyle diseases: that is, they can be prevented through healthy lifestyles. What that means is eating right, getting exercise, and taking care of your mental and emotional health (reduce stress, laugh, let go of anger, get some recreation...)
Your diet is the most important component of your health. If you eat right, chances are high that you will live a long, healthy life. If you think you are eating healthy now, but you have health problems, then you probably haven't discovered all the pieces required for a healthy diet.
Maybe you are getting the right nutrients but you are not absorbing them all. Or it could be something else. At any rate, most of us do not get all of the nutrients we need from our diets for several reasons.
Taking an organic whole food vitamin supplement is an excellent way to ensure that you are getting the required nutrients in the right forms. Getting the right nutrients is the biggest step to take to prevent cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Did you know that heart attacks were unknown before the 1920's? The reason we have them now is due to changes in our diets.
Because of these dietary changes, most women do not get enough of the following nutrients: calcium, magnesium, Vitamins A and D, chromium, selenium, zinc, and there are probably more. These nutrients are protective against cancer, thyroid disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
Whole food supplements are made from whole foods that have had the water and fiber removed. All of the nutrients that were in the plant to begin with are now in the supplement, unlike a synthetic vitamin.
Scientists are making discoveries all the time about nutrients in foods and how they interact to create health. As long as you are taking whole food vitamin supplements, you know that the combinations of nutrients are healthy. Whole food vitamin supplements that contain fruits and vegetables will naturally be high in antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, C, and beta carotene. Antioxidants are critical to keeping you healthy. For more about these vital nutrients, see antioxidants.
While herbs are better known for helping with menopausal complaints such as hot flashes and hormone balance, it is usually because they contain the nutrients we need. If you are trying to eliminate symptoms of menopause, the best strategy is to lay the foundation with whole food vitamin supplements. Then add in specific herbs that will help with specific symptoms.
Watch Out for Additives
I can't tell you how many times I have been about to buy a supplement only to read the label and find magnesium stearate or titanium dioxide or some other ingredient that I do not want to ingest in the product. Many “health-food” supplement brands contain these additives. Always read the labels.
This is my preferred multivitamin.
I started taking multi-vitamins before I got pregnant with my son, and I have not stopped taking them. I work six days a week, and when I'm not working, I'm going to school and working on this website, so I do not have much time to cook the way I would like to. So I take supplements.
I have had some extreme experiences with supplements: I have taken supplements that literally eliminate all colds and flu for years at a time.
I have taken supplements that turned me from an introvert into an extrovert (this convinced me that there is some physiology to this so-called personality trait).
I have taken supplements that cured my gum disease and keep it from returning.
And, I have taken supplements that gave me energy to keep going throughout my day, when without them I could not get off the couch.
I have taken supplements that <strong>turned my mood from depressed to happy. Some of these were isolated synthetic ingredients, and others were whole food vitamin supplements.
I currently take evening primrose oil and dandelion root to eliminate lower back pain. I take ginger when I have eaten too much or the wrong foods.
I take CoQ10 to protect my heart and my gums. And I take a high-quality, additive-free, multivitamin.