Our brand new MenoPower is a combination of carefully selected ingredients that work in harmony with your body’s natural processes to help improve common symptoms throughout all stages of menopause.
So what’s in MenoPower and how do these ingredients help? Read on to find out.
One of the most expensive spices in the world, saffron is a small perennial spice that is a member of the lily family. So expensive due to its labour-intensive harvesting methods – which involves hand picking the stigmas of each flower – it is not only a delicious addition to many dishes, but also has a wide range of health benefits including supporting cognitive health, improving mood and sleep, and helping the body adapt to stress. A study on the effects of saffron extract on menopausal symptoms found women who took 28mg a day for 12 weeks saw a significant reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as a significant improvement in mood and hot flushes.
Magnesium is an essential nutrient, since the body cannot function properly without it. It is vital for many metabolic processes and important bodily functions – such as producing energy and building important proteins like DNA. Magnesium supports a reduction in tiredness and fatigue, normal function of the nervous system and normal psychological function – all of which can be effected during menopause.
Quatrefolic® is the glucosamine salt of (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate and is structurally analogous to the reduced and active form of folic acid. Choosing Quatrefolic® as a source of folate presents several advantages. Studies have shown that folate supplementation significantly ameliorates hot flashes in postmenopausal women, with a mechanism similar to HRT, by interacting with monoamine neurotransmitters in the brain. The 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (Methylfolate or 5-MTHF), the metabolically active and tissue-usable form of folic acid is essential for the biosynthesis of the monoamine neurotransmitters serotonin and noradrenaline, and in hot flashes, it lowers noradrenaline and increases serotonin activities.
Coming from the same family as mint, lemon balm is a lemon scented herb that is native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia. It has been used in traditional forms of medicine for centuries, with its main uses being to improve mood and cognitive function, modern research has also found it to relieve stress, improve sleep and even help to ease headache pain. Studies of the effects of lemon balm on menopausal symptoms showed a significant improvement in memory and alertness, as well as a decrease in cortisol – a marker for stress.
Lifenol is a hop extract that has been shown to effectively improve menopausal symptoms. A study found that taking 85mg a day for six weeks reduced hot flashes by 31% as well as decreasing menopausal complaints such as sweating, insomnia, nervousness and vertigo.
As red clover contains isoflavones that have a similar chemical make up to the female hormone, oestrogen – which naturally declines with menopause – it is believed to have some benefit for menopausal symptoms. These symptoms include bone density loss, hot flashes, night sweats or high cholesterol.
There have been a number of studies into the effectiveness of red clover on menopause. One study concluded that women who took red clover supplements lost significantly less bone density in comparison to women who took the placebo. Another found that the supplementation of red clover decreased menopausal symptoms and reduced triglyceride levels.
Fenugreek contains several nutrients, including fibre, protein, carbs, fat, iron, manganese and magnesium. More recently it has been used to help diabetes, menstrual cramps and high cholesterol, plus a study of the effects of fenugreek on menopause conclude that it has the potential for the management of menopause.
Known in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as ‘Strength of the Stallion’ for its immune strengthening abilities, ashwagandha has been used in many natural remedies for centuries. Modern science links it to reduced stress and anxiety, improved blood sugar levels as well as better mood and memory, many of which are symptoms of menopause.
Perhaps the most well-known of all the B vitamins, B12 is vital for neurological function, DNA production and red blood cell development. However the hormone imbalances that occur during and after menopause can lead to a B12 deficiency in women.
It is believed that maca root may balance oestrogen levels. During the stage before menopause, called perimenopause, the levels of oestrogen in a woman’s body can fluctuate this causes a variety of menopausal symptoms, such as night sweats and hot flashes. One study found that taking maca root daily reduced the symptoms in postmenopausal women. Another study has also found that taking maca every day for 12 weeks lowered blood pressure in postmenopausal women.