Nutritional Supplements for Menopause and Andropause
It is essential when you arrive at the age of premenopause, menopause or andropause to begin taking nutritional supplements in addition to biomimetic hormones for hormonal balance and your overall health. Daily accumulated stress, toxins in the environment and the nutritional deficiencies in our foods take a toll on our bodies. Cooking often destroys most of the nutrients in our food. Eating an organic diet can be difficult or expensive to maintain and purchase in certain parts of the world.
A good multivitamin can help you supplement your body with the nutrition it needs. Purchase a good multivitamin from a health store. Supermarket and drugstore vitamins often contain only low dosages of the nutrients you need and contain fillers, by-products and binders. Test your multivitamin to see how water soluble it is. Let the multivitamin stand in a glass of water. It should dissolve within 15 minutes.
The recommended dosages of the following should be found in a good multivitamin. These vitamins and minerals assist in achieving hormonal balance during menopause and andropause. These supplements should be taken in addition to natural bioidentical hormones. Balancing your hormones and maintaining health and wellbeing is a combination of things: supplementing with natural bioidentical/biomimetic hormones, diet, nutritional supplementation, stress reduction, and exercise. It also requires that we make other lifestyle changes including quitting smoking and moderating our consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Your daily multivitamin for hormonal balance should include the following. If it does not, these can also be added as separate supplements. For personal guidance in what dosage you should take on a daily basis, consult with a naturopathic doctor or an antiaging specialist. We only suggest the dosages you should be taking. A personal consultation will discover what amounts of supplements you need on a daily basis.
- Beta-carotene/Carotenoids – 10,000 to 15,000 IU per day.
- Vitamin A: 5000 – 10,000 IU per day, but be careful, too much Vitamin A can lead to toxic levels
- The B Vitamins – can be taken as a B complex tablet:
- (Biotin: 100 – 300 mcg (micrograms),
- Choline: 50 – 100 mg, Folic acid: 400 to 800 mcg,
- Inositol: 150 to 300 mg,
- Niacin (B3) 20 to 25 mg,
- Pantothenic acid (B5): 50 – 100 mg,
- Pyridoxine (B6): 25 – 50 mg,
- Riboflavin (B2): 25 – 50 mg,
- Thiamine (B1): 25 – 50 mg,
- Vitamin B12: 1,000 – 2,000 mg
- Vitamin C: 500 – 1,00 mg per day
- Vitamin D: 100 – 400 IU per day
- Vitamin E: 200 – 400 IU per day
- Boron: 1 – 5 mg per day
- Calcium: 300 mg per day ( take with magnesium)
- Chromium: 200 – 400 mcg per day
- Copper: 1 – 5 mg per day
- Magnesium: 400 – 600 mg chelated per day
- Manganese: 5 – 20 mg per day
- Selenium: 100 – 200 mcg per day
- Vanadyl sulfate: 5 – 10 mg per day
- Zinc: 15 – 20 mg per day
We also recommend taking Borage Oil and Evening Primrose Oil, both rich in essential fatty acids which act as anti-inflammatories in the body and can assist you in dealing with the symptoms of menopause. These supplements will help to balance your hormones and the nutritional requirements at this time in your life. Good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and biomimetic hormone supplementation will allow you sailing through what can be a difficult time of adjustment for some.