How CBD, Evening Primrose Oil, and Black Cohosh can relieve menopause symptoms like hot flashes and hormonal imbalances, and improve things like bone health.
What causes menopause symptoms?
Menopause is an entirely normal, natural, and beautiful process that occurs with aging. It signals the end of a woman’s childbearing years and their shift into older adulthood.
But, there are definitely some unfavorable symptoms that come along with menopause.
Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are taboo in our society, and women are often encouraged to keep their menopausal symptoms to themselves. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to go through menopause alone.
Understanding what causes menopausal symptoms and discussing natural ways to remedy them is empowering. The female body is complex, beautiful and deserves to be treated with natural and gentle care.
Read on for some ways to care for yourself with natural menopause symptom relief.
What’s happening to your body during Menopause?
Menopause can be a rollercoaster of emotions and symptoms – and they are all valid! Your body is going through an immense change, so it only makes sense that things may feel a little bit different as you adjust.
A common cause of many physical and emotional symptoms are the changing hormone levels that occur before, during, and after menopause.
During this period of a woman’s life, estrogen levels decrease as your body stops producing eggs. As your body comes to terms with its now altered hormonal balance, you may experience emotional symptoms like focus difficulties, irritability, a loss of energy, and other mood changes. And, you also might experience physical symptoms like pain and cramps, bloating, and hot flashes.
All of these symptoms can be traced back to the changing levels of hormones within your body.
So, what can help those Menopause symptoms?
You don’t have to just suffer through these symptoms without relief. Exciting new evidence suggests that CBD may be able to help settle hormonal imbalances.
Let’s break it down. Research shows that the Endocannabinoid System (the ECS), a molecular system that helps regulate various systems within the body, is important to consider during menopause.
CBD interacts with the ECS in a way that is receiving increasing amounts of positive attention. Dr. Moltke, a cannabinoid expert, states: “The ECS is known to regulate stress, mood, memory, fertility, bone growth, pain, immune function, among other things. CBD interacts with the ECS and with many other receptors in the body.”
This is great news – these findings suggest that CBD may aid in regulating hormones and help the ECS do its job more effectively during menopause.
However, choosing a great CBD product to help tackle your menopausal symptoms can be a challenge. Look for products that contain full-spectrum hemp, so you know you’re receiving the full benefits of the product. We also encourage you to look for CBD formulas specifically designed for women, as these products will often pair CBD with other menstrual/menopause-relieving natural ingredients. (Hint, hint: Winged’s line of CBD oils, soft gels, and gummies hit both of these criteria!)
Why do we get hot flashes during menopause?
Approaching, during, and following menopause, your neurochemistry is altered in the hypothalamus; this part of the brain functions as your body’s thermostat. During menopause, this “thermostat” causes your body’s cooling system (sweat response and blood vessel dilation) to “turn on” in temperatures that previously wouldn’t have created a bodily response.
A recent study found that this temperature regulating system was “turned on” in menopausal women when their body temperatures increased by 1.5. In non-menopausal women, this did not happen until a 3-degree change. Women experiencing menopause are way more sensitive to body temperature changes- and this phenomenon causes what we know to be “hot flashes.”
What natural herbs can help hot flashes?
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO), a derivative of the evening primrose flower, has been found to possibly be ultra-effective against hot flashes. EPO contains high levels of healthy acids, nutrients, and fatty acids, which are essential for brain function and may be able to help you regulate temperature better.
A recent study reflected this – finding that when a sample of women took EPO orally for six weeks against a placebo, they experienced less intense hot flashes, less often.
Black cohosh may also be able to help dial back those pesky, sleep-disturbing hot episodes. This herb was discovered centuries ago by Native Americans, who used it to treat menstrual irregularities and menopause symptoms. Recent research backs this usage up. A 2010 review found that menopausal women saw a 26% reduction in hot flash episodes when regularly taking black cohosh.
Many of Winged’s products contain EPO and Black Cohosh as prominent ingredients. Our Happiness soft gels include EPO and Black Cohosh to support hormonal balance, and our Relief soft gels contain EPO as a main ingredient in its pain-relieving complex. Our formulas are specifically designed with your needs in mind, no matter where you’re at in your reproductive journey.
Bone Health & Osteoporosis
Why does menopause affect your bones?
Throughout our lives, our bones are constantly changing in composition and density, with minerals such as calcium being moved in and out of our bones.
Through the menopause process, more of these minerals are taken away than added, which in turn creates a lower bone density. This creates an elevated risk for osteoporosis and fractures.
What can help increase bone density during menopause?
Research has found that menopausal and postmenopausal women had a severe deficiency in vitamin D3 – a crucial vitamin for bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels can be boosted by activity, sunlight, and the appropriate diet, which may include supplementation.
Winged’s Happiness soft gels are an easy and effective way to ensure you’re getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D3 in your diet.
All in all…
You don’t have to tackle menopause alone. By discussing its processes, symptoms and ways to relieve these symptoms – we can all make strides together to reduce the taboo surrounding this beautiful and natural process.
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