Along with stimulating and supporting hormone production in your body, my program also involves the use of foods, herbs, and nutrients that mimic estrogen's role in your body (if you find them helpful). You can check out my Herb book here.
These hormone substitutes provide a safe, estrogen-like effect, and using a combination of them every day can improve your hormone status:
► Soybeans contain active compounds to approximate the effects of estrogen produced by the body. Soy contains two phytoestrogens—genistein and daidzein, which belong to the class of chemicals called isoflavones.
Asian women eat much more soy products than most American women, whose isoflavone intake is very low. This was confirmed in a study published in the Lancet, which found that Japanese women who regularly ate a range of soy products had 100 to 1,000 times more isoflavone breakdown products in their urine than Western women.
Additionally, menopausal women in Japan are rarely troubled by symptoms such as hot flashes.
In the meantime, to enjoy a symptom-free menopause, I recommend taking 50-100 mg into your life and capitalize on earth energy to improve your life and bring about the events and blessings you desire.
Note: If you are allergic to soy, or if it causes you digestive upset, then avoid consuming it entirely.
► Black cohosh is one of the most effective estrogenic herbs. In one of the largest studies on black cohosh, women with menopausal complaints received 40 drops of liquid black cohosh extract twice a day for six to eight weeks. Within four weeks, a distinct improvement was seen in nearly 80 percent of the women.
After six to eight weeks, all symptoms had completely disappeared in half of the women.
Many other scientific studies have yielded similar results, making black cohosh a wonderful solution to relieving menopausal symptoms. I suggest taking 40-80 mg of a standardized extract of black cohosh twice a day. This dose should contain 2-4 mg of the active components (triterpenes, calculated as 27-deoxyacteine).
► Royal jelly has been used for centuries to promote reproductive health and ease menopausal symptoms. Doctors from France have reported that women who ate royal jelly during menopause had a complete remission of symptoms! Take 1/4 teaspoon of the liquid form of organic royal jelly twice a day.
► Dong quai has been used for thousands of years as a female health tonic to prevent or treat symptoms of menopause—especially hot flashes and irregular menstruation. I recommend that you take dong quai in powdered form in a 500 mg capsule. Take two capsules two to three times per day. (However, you should avoid it if you are on a blood thinner.)
► Saffron is a spice that has also been used traditionally to reduce menopausal symptoms, enhance calmness, and reduce irritability. To preserve its medicinal properties, stir saffron into hot, cooked food. Use 1/10 of a teaspoon or less per day, as higher amounts may be toxic.
Remember, this program is very flexible—you can use as many or as few of these nutrients as you need to see the results you desire. For instance, some women find herbs extremely beneficial, while others don't. Some women see results with soy, while others have trouble digesting it and prefer to avoid it. You choose what works best for you.
Regardless of which combination you use, I think you'll be amazed by the results.
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