What Works Better For Menopause Than HRT? You Will Be Shocked At What It Is!

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If you are a woman suffering from menopause symptoms, you know how painful and uncomfortable it can be. Most doctors will simply give you a prescription for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) but before you go and have that prescription filled, you should know that HRT is filled with serious risks. HRT has been linked to heart disease and is known to be a definite cause of cancer.

There are plenty of natural means of taking care of menopause symptoms. One recent clinical study found that flax seeds and flax seed oil beats the heck out of HRTs when it comes to overall effectiveness against menopause symptoms.

Although it might feel that way, menopause is not a disease. This is a natural metabolic change that occurs so that women are no longer able to bear children. This discontinuance of the monthly menstruation comes with a number of physical symptoms including joint pain, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, nausea, intense mood swings, and more.

This is because the body produces less estrogen. Many cells of the body have estrogen receptors on the surface. As estrogen attaches itself to the receptors, it stimulates the cells to perform in numerous ways such as causing skin cells to produce collagen, the production of cortisol. Cortisol balances out inflammation and increases energy levels, as well as manages stimulation of neurotransmitters which help with the mood function.

When estrogen is reduced, the receptors either lie dormant or are replaced by non-estrogens. This causes our cells to produce less of the other substances and cause the annoying symptoms that women experience.

For the relief of menopause symptoms, the best solution is to use phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are found in plant based sources such as seeds, beans, grains, and certain vegetables. Think of phytoestrogens as Mother Nature’s estrogen replacements. These attach to estrogen receptors the same way that estrogen does and, therefore, stimulates the cells to work as they normally would- or at least pretty close to normal.

Some of the best phytoestrogen sources are found in flax seed and soy. Since a great deal of soy now comes from GMO products, it is best to look to flax seeds.

A recent study compared flax seeds to typical hormone replacement therapy. The Departments of Nursing and Pharmacy at the Izmir Katip Celebi University in Turkey looked at the potential that flax seeds could reduce menopause symptoms with 140 menopausal women.

These subjects were divided into four groups. The first two groups had never taken HRT. Both of these groups were given five grams of flax seed each day. (One tablespoon of whole flax seeds contains about 11 grams by weight.) These women consumed the flax seed every day for a 90-day period. The only difference between the two groups was that the second group, in addition to the flax seed, also received information about menopause.

The third group took HRTs as prescribed by their doctor. The fourth group acted as the control group as they received no treatment at all.

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