A personalised approach for a “customized” menopause
It is possible to help women handle menopause, which can turn out to be a difficult phase owing to all its related symptoms, thanks to a personalized approach enabling each woman to adapt treatment to her own needs. Despite the common, physiological causes, a woman’s menopause is, in fact, a transitional phase which is experienced and interpreted in an absolutely personal way and should be treated as such.
Menopause is a highly personal and unique experience, just as are a womans’ fingerprints: it’s her menopause.
BASIC APPROACH, applicable to all women, whatever their symptoms:
- rebalancing hormonal rhythms, by modulating the irregular trends generally occurring during menopause;
- compensating for a widespread nutritional shortage in the Western world (namely, the lack of magnesium) and effectively contrasting oxidative stress, responsible for aggravating menopausal disorders;
SPECIFIC APPROACH FOR MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS (hot flashes, moods swings, hair loss, osteoporosis, dryness of vaginal mucosa), to be associated with the basic approach, creating personalised solutions:
- for hot flashes: to alleviate symptoms of hot flashes and support women during the adapation process;
- for anxiety and mood swings: to calm down anxiety in a natural way, supporting women from a psychological point of view;
- for hair loss: to counter hair loss during menopause, supporting hormonal rebalancing and providing specific nutrients to promote vitality of hair stems.
- for osteoporisis: to act in a specific way on the bones, protecting collagen and supplying essential nutrients for the mineralisation of the skeleton and for the absorption of calcium;
- for vaginal dryness: to help balance pH levels, restoring the ideal conditions for the development of residential bacterial flora and physiological hydration of the mucosa.
This approach, associated as always with a healthy lifestyle (in terms of diet, but not only), comprises the use of natural remedies employed in folk tradition which, as confirmed by recent studies, represent a concrete opportunity to address symptoms related to this particular phase.
Here follows a general explanation of how the basic approach works, which is recommended in all cases. For single, specific approaches please refer to sections dealing with the different symptoms in detail (hot flashes and hormonal variations, hair loss, osteoporosis, vaginal dryness).
- Rebalancing hormonal rhythms, by modulating the irregular trends generally occurring during menopause
This is possible thanks to ingredients capable of acting, directly or indirectly, on the hormonal components causing the imbalance, restoring balance of estrogens and reinforcing progestogen hormones, in a mild and natural way, without “replacing” the individual’s personal rhythms, but adapting to them on the contrary.
Nature can help you with…
Soy isoflavones: these substances, which belong to the category of phytoestrogens, are capable of binding with receptors for estrogens (even though less similar), exerting a mild hormone-like action (in fact, they are less powerful, exactly 1000 to 10.000 weaker compared to estradiol). Scientists became interested in studying soy isoflavones after noticing that typical menopausal symptoms were absent in Asian woman, whose diet instead is rich in soy. Epidemiological studies have moreover pointed out that the incidence of degenerative pathologies, of arteriosclerosis and osteoporosis, as well as of certain tumours – affecting breast and uterus, is definitely lower in Eastern countries compared to the West.
The extraordinary nature of phytoestrogens and isoflavones in particular lies in their capacity to modulate the action carried out by physiological estrogens, rebalancing their effects. Recent studies have shown that isoflavones exert both an antagonist and agonist action on estrogen receptors. This implies that, with excess endogenous estrogens (a typical situation in the transitional phase in which estrogens dominate over progesterone), isoflavones carry out an anti-estrogenic activity, i.e. they bind receptors, exerting a weaker hormone-like action compared to endogenous estrogens, therefore lowering the general effect. Instead, in the presence of lower hormonal levels (a typical postmenopausal condition), isoflavones exert a weak pro-estrogenic activity, since they occupy receptor sites that would otherwise remain inactivated. This action not only influences the reproductive organ but all organs and tissues (bones, nervous system, skin, mucosae, cardiovascular system, etc.): in fact, isoflavones positively influence all menopausal symptoms.
Vitex agnus-castus (also called chaste tree): its berries have a rebalancing effect on the progestogen hormonal component. Their use for menopausal symptoms is explained by their action at the level of the hypophysis where, acting on gondadotropins (FSH and LH), they promote the production of progesterone and contribute to alleviating typical transitional phase symptoms. Moreover, it has recently been discovered that intake of chaste tree stimulates the production of melatonin by the brain, improving depressive symptoms as well as the quality and quantity of nightly rest.
Dioscorea villosa: of Mexican origin, it has been used since Aztec times to treat many female disturbances, from the premenstrual syndrome to menopausal symptoms. Among its active ingredients there is diosgenin, a substance with a structure similar to that of progesterone. Evidence of the drug’s use (dry root extract) shows hormone-like effects towards the progestogen component. Its mechanism of action is not yet known, however: it can act as a phyto-progestin, interacting with progesterone receptors; it can rebalance the hypophysial secretion of FSH and LH or stimulate the hormonal production of the adrenal gland.
The most convenient form of intake of these ingredients comes in swallowable tablets.
- To compensate for a widespread nutritional shortage in the Western world (namely, the lack of magnesium), and effectively contrast oxidative stress, responsible for aggravating menopausal disorders…
Nature can help you with…
Magnesium: the widespread deficiency of this mineral, mainly due to soil depletion and refined foods, bears implications for many aspects related to health, ranging from the psychic and neuro-muscular spheres, to the cardiovascular, osteoarticular and gynaecological domains. Due to hormonal trends which are typical of fertile life (menstrual cycle, pregnancies, breast-feeding, menopause), women are affected by a lack of magnesium with a frequency that is four times higher compared to men.
In the general, current worsening of menopausal symptoms related to the neurovegetative sphere and mood levels, magnesium plays a vital role, such as in the rise of degenerative, chronic pathologies such as osteoporosis, insulin resistance, hypertension and vascular damage. Whenever there is a lack of magnesium, the action of calcium at the level of muscles and nerve endings tends to prevail. Anxiety, irritability, stress, insomnia, headache, muscle tension and cramps are a direct consequence. Effects at cardiovascular level are even more dramatic (arrhythmias, fibrillation, heart attack, hypertension).
Another consequence ensuing from the lack of magnesium regards bone structure: magnesium is vital to “keep us on our feet an entire lifetime”, in other words, it “saves our bones”. To contrast vasomotor and neurovegetative symptoms, to safeguard the cardiovascular apparatus and protect the bone structure, an intake of at least 400 – 500 mg of magnesium a day is recommended during menopause, to be taken as salts with high bioavailability, of which magnesium citrate represents the best.
Alpha lipoic acid: this is naturally produced at hepatic level (synthesis, however, decreases with age) and it carries out a fundamental role in cellular metabolism of energy; it also protects from the attack of free radicals and reactive oxygen species that damage and wear out organs and tissues. Solubile in both aqueous and lipid cellular fractions, it is active in every body district.
Its extraordinary nature lies in the fact that, while fulfilling its antioxidant function, it passes from a reduced to an oxidized form. Meanwhile, the alpha lipoic acid regenerates C and E vitamins, according to an “antioxidant recycling” process. It is capable of chelating dangerous metals, helping the organism to eliminate them. For these reasons it is considered “king of antioxidants” and is particularly useful for the general protection of the female organism, especially during menopause.
Intake via practical sachets to be dissolved in water is recommended.