Menopause: Myths vs.
can't hurt, but they aren't going to help either.|
and vitamins act interdependently, meaning that hormones need vitamins to carry
out their functions.|
and other plant substances play an essential role in maintaining our hormonal
health. Vitamin supplements may be all that is necessary to stimulate hormone
Vitamin supplements can be important during times of illness,
stress, and generally "run-down" health. Supplements add nutrients that
our active lives have depleted or that our eating patterns have overlooked. Health
foods stores stock supplements and usually have books and pamphlets with helpful
Because of our depleted soils and commercial farming practices
we may not be getting sufficient vitamins from food to sustain our health.
A: Estrogens and Vitamin A are inseparable. Our body cannot make estrogens
without Vitamin A being present in the cells. And when estrogens are unavailable,
some cells can use Vitamin A instead.
B Vitamins: Studies in animal
husbandry found that severe deficiency of B Vitamins stopped reproduction. There
is also evidence that vitamin B is vital in maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Based
on this research, it is clear that B Vitamins are intimately involved with estrogen
Vitamin C: Progesterone and Vitamin C are interdependent.
Cells cannot make progesterone without Vitamin C. Vitamin C is the only vitamin
that our body does not make by itself. We get this vitamin from fruits and vegetables.
D: The relationship between sunshine and bone strength has been known for
hundreds of years. Today, elderly people, especially those in institutions rarely
see the sun and often have severe Vitamin D deficiency. Their bones become brittle
and break more easily. Our body cannot utilize calcium without Vitamin D's help.
our skin is exposed to sunlight we can make Vitamin D, which is then stored in
our liver. Our livers can store a summer's worth of sunshine and then time-release
it out during the winter. Maintaining our Vitamin D only requires about 10 minutes
exposure to sunlight each day, preferably to our face, forearms, and scalp.
cells can use Vitamin D as a substitute for testosterone when testosterone is
Vitamin E: Researches found that estrogens as well as
Vitamin E seem to help keep blood vessels open by controlling the high and low
density fats that circulate in our blood. As a result of this research, doctors
prescribe HRT to produce this effect, but Vitamin E can do the same thing.
In order for the above vitamins to be absorbed and used by our body, we need minerals.
Our bodies utilize many different minerals; some are needed for vital functions
but need only be in trace quantities. We get our minerals from fruits and vegetables
that are grown in healthy soil rich in minerals. Soil, like our bodies, can become
depleted. Organic farms tend to have healthier soils than commercial farms and,
therefore, have higher mineral content and more trace minerals in their foods.
Isoflavones, Another Substance That Helps Hormone Health
In Asia where
people eat tofu, drink soy milk, and eat soybeans in many other forms, women don't
complain of hot flashes. Researchers have identified a substance in the soybean
that they call isoflavone. Isoflavones can act like estrogen and also stimulate
estrogen production. Other foods containing isoflavones include: whole grains,
flaxseed, berries and nuts.
Caution: Because soybeans are a major
crop primarily for animal feed, they are the target of numerous pesticides and
genetic altering. When introducing soy into your diet, you may want to be sure
to read the label and buy foods made with organically-grown soybeans.
Above is an excerpt from the book, Menopause Myths & Facts: What Every Woman Should Know about Hormone Replacement Therapy, by Lorraine Rothman MS MS, (co-founder of the Los Angeles Feminist Women's Health Center) with Marcia Wexler PhD.
Re-printed here with permission from Lorraine Rothman.
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