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Menopause refers to the end of menstrual cycle. The onset of menopause varies greatly between women, but generally, the average age is 51. For many women, menopause can occur anytime between 45 and 55.  Some studies show that eight in hundred women experience menopause before they reach 40 and five in hundred continue to experience menstrual cycles until the age of 60.

What is menopause?

Menopause is a state where there is a complete absence of menstruation for a period of one year or twelve months. During this phase and the years leading up to it called pre-menopause, there is fluctuating levels of female hormones including estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is mainly responsible for regulating the monthly menstrual cycle by causing the ovaries to release the egg for possible conception.  Estrogen also plays a role in bone health and offers protection against heart health. Progesterone is a hormone that prepares the uterus by thickening the lining that is shed when conception does not happen.

When the levels of these hormones fluctuate or drop during menopause, women experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Frequent urination
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • mood swings
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Weight gain

Fenugreek improves menopausal symptoms

Fenugreek which is a common spice in many cuisines is known to have many health benefits according to various studies. Fenugreek seeds and powders are widely researched for their hypoglycemic properties, which mean they are effective in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics. The beneficial effects of fenugreek are largely due to the presence of active ingredients such as steroidal saponins and alkaloids. Besides, fenugreek is known to possess an active substance that can regulate estrogen production.

A study conducted at the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bangalore, India on 88 women who were experiencing moderate to severe menopausal symptoms.  One group was given 1000 milligrams a day of fenugreek extract in a supplemental form while the other was given a placebo.

The supplementation continued for 90 days. At the end of the study period, researchers found that those who received fenugreek extract reported 57% reduction in night sweats, 68% reduced incidences of mood swings and 75% lowered incidences of insomnia or difficulty falling asleep. For 32% of the women who received fenugreek extract, there was a complete cessation of hot flashes. Researchers also found a significant drop in depression, anxiety, headache and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health.

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