September is Menopause Month
While these symptoms can be unpleasant, there are suggestions for potential treatment through optimized hormone replacement therapy (HRT). At Reed’s Compounding Pharmacy, we specialize in customized treatments that are created for you and your individual needs. After a brief consultation, we may be able to work with you and your doctor to find the best hormone treatment for you.
In addition to customized hormone replacement therapy, there are several natural supplements that have been found to ease some of the symptoms of this life transition.
Menopause & Supplements
Menopause and Omega 3 Fish-oil
High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. Menopausal and post-menopausal women are also at an increased risk of heart disease. Managing cholesterol is very important for your health, especially in menopausal women. Women that are postmenopausal and taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can benefit from taking a fish-oil supplement.
A study was done to monitor cholesterol levels of postmenopausal women that were taking HRT, along with some that were not. The women were given fish-oil supplementation for 1 month. It was found that both groups of women benefited from taking fish-oil supplements, and that heart disease could potentially be reduced by 27% in postmenopausal women. It was also found that taking fish-oil may also help regulate hormonal balance and possibly manage symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, and weight gain.
- Fish Oil, Omega 3 and Menopause
- Effect of a fish-oil concentrate on serum lipids in postmenopausal women
This information was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition August 2000 vol. 72 no. 2 389-394
Vitamin D, Osteoporosis and Chronic Pain
Low vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis and increase the risk for bone fractures. Low levels of
vitamin D have also been associated with chronic pain, including leg, back, bone, and muscle
Read more or order Vitamin D…
- Vitamin D and Chronic Pain
This information was published in U.S. Pharmacist Journal, July 2012. Vitamin D and Chronic Pain.
B Complex vitamins
B complex vitamin supplements are a combination of B vitamins to treat or prevent vitamin deficiency due to poor diet, certain illnesses, alcoholism, or during pregnancy. Vitamin B complex supplements are a combination of eight essential vitamins which are necessary for maintaining healthy eyes, hair, liver, mouth, skin, and helps support muscle tone in the stomach and colon. While vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and biotin serve to produce energy, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is essential for proper metabolism. Vitamin B12 (colbalamin) and folic acid play a role in the body’s growth and development. The vitamin B complex benefits also include their crucial role in immune system and nervous system support. Although each individual vitamin substance performs a different function in the body, they all work together to maintain good health and vitality.
Purchase Vitamin B Complex at Reed’s Compounding Pharmacy
Skeletal and Hormonal Effects of Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium deficiency has been associated with certain disorders
including osteoporosis. It is estimated that the majority of women are not
getting enough magnesium in their diets. The recommended dietary allowance
(RDA) for an adult female is 320mg/day. The average intake for women is only
about 228mg/day, and 10% of elderly women are getting less than 136mg/day.
Low magnesium can have a negative impact on calcium vitamin D, and bone
density. A study of postmenopausal women showed a positive correlation
between bone density and magnesium intake, and that low magnesium may be a
risk factor for osteoporosis.
The pharmacists at Reed’s Compounding Pharmacy often recommend Magnesium
Glycinate for magnesium deficiency. Ask a pharmacist for their
Low Estrogen Linked to Increased Glaucoma Risk
New research has found a link between low estrogen and increased glaucoma risk. Low estrogen is a major contributor to decline in vision, putting postmenopausal women at higher risk for glaucoma. Taking estrogen for hormone replacement therapy may help prevent glaucoma in the future. Schedule a consult with one of our pharmacists today to see if hormone replacement therapy may be beneficial for you.