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Menopause Nutrition – EstroFactors

Since 2000, two million women yearly have entered menopause. By 2015, 50% of women in the U.S. will be menopausal. Menopausal symptoms affect 80% of women with different presentations and intensity. Women experience these symptoms for months to years, while for some, symptoms can be life- long.

On a weekly basis I counsel women for menopausal concerns. While some women choose hormonal support, many women prefer to manage menopause with botanical and nutritional medicine. By far, hot flashes, night sweats and sleep disturbance are the most common complaint my patients feel negatively affect their energy, emotions and lifestyle.

I have found Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) to be a very effective herb for managing hot flashes. In the past 2 decades, there has been more research done on the treatment of hot flashes with Black Cohosh than on any other herb. Consensus from research shows that Black Cohosh does help with the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, sleep disturbance, muscle aches. The mechanism of action for Black Cohosh remains unclear, but research has shown, it doesn’t have phytoestrogenic effects on the pituitary, uterus or breast tissue.

Isoflavones and kudzu (Pueraria lobata) root extract are extremely effective.  As with any botanical formula, the quality of the herbs are critical to its effectiveness. I use Metagenics’s EstroFactors with my patients. The benefits of EstroFactors:

  • Supports women with estrogen-related health issues by addressing multiple factors of estrogen activity and metabolism.?
  • Promotes healthy estrogen detoxification and elimination from the body, thus supporting overall hormone balance.?
  • Helps to modulate pathways of estrogen metabolism, such as the conversion of estradiol to 2-hydroxyestrone, a weaker estrogen that may protect estrogen-sensitive tissues.?
  • Beneficially influences estrogen receptor function for more balanced estrogenic activity.?
  • Features L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate a body-ready, nature-identical folate that is ideal for people whose folate status may be impacted by genetic variation.

EstroFactors  includes

Vitamin A (50% as Betatene? mixed carotenoids, 50% retinyl palmitate)  2500 IU
Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) 200 IU
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate) 200 IU
Vitamin K 40 mcg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI) 50 mg
Folate (as folic acid and L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate†) 800 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin) 30 mcg
Isoflavones [from a proprietary blend of red clover (Trifolium pratense) flowering top extract and kudzu (Pueraria lobata) root extract]
100 mg
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract [standardized to 95% (200 mg) curcuminoids] 210 mg
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Leaf Extract [contains 5.1%-7.6% (10.2 mg-15.2 mg) carnosic acid/carnosol] 200 mg
Resveratrol (from Polygonum cuspidatum root extract) 2 mg
Trimethylglycine (as betaine HCI) 200 mg
Chrysin 90 mg

Other Ingredients: stearic acid, microcrystalline cellulose, calcium silicate, croscarmellose sodium, silica, magnesium stearate, coating (deionized water, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and carrageenan).

 Some women feel better within a week. Women continue to take EstroFactors until their menopause symptoms resolve.

EstroFactors is an excellent choice for an alternative to hormone replacement for menopausal woman.


Estrovera for menopausal women with hot flashes

Estrovera, an all-natural dietary supplement has been shown to:

  • Reduce the number and severity of menopausal hot flashes on a par with an ultra low dose hormone therapy but without the potential adverse effects of hormone therapy*
  • Significantly reduce the number and severity of menopausal hot flashes and night sweats compared to placebo*
  • Relieve a wide range of other menopausal symptoms including sleep disturbances, poor mood, physical and emotional exhaustion, joint and muscle complaints, and urogenital symptoms*
  • Be free of any forms of estrogen*
  • Be well-tolerated and safe for long-term use*

Extensive Clinical Research

ERr 731 was first introduced in 1993 in Germany, where it continues to be widely recommended by health care providers. It is one of the most thoroughly researched natural compounds for managing menopausal symptoms, including the following clinical studies:

  • Two 12-week multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical studies
  • A 2-year open observational study to determine long-term efficacy and safe use 
  • A 6-month prospective post-marketing surveillance study conducted at 70 gynecological centers

Dramatic Results

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 112 perimenopausal women with menopausal symptoms, subjects who took just 4 mg of ERr 731 (equivalent to one Estrovera tablet) daily for 12 weeks experienced:

  • Statistically significant reduction in hot flashes per day (12 at baseline and 2 at study end) vs. placebo (12 at baseline and 13 at study end)*
  • Statistically significant improvement vs. placebo in all 11 menopausal symptoms in the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS), a validated measurement tool to evaluate hormone and natural therapies*

Menopause: A Natural Progression

Menopause is part of the natural progression of a woman’s life. But for up to 8 out of 10 women, this time of transition—which can last anywhere from 2 to 10 years—can be fraught with an array of climacteric symptoms that can negatively affect their quality of life. Most bothersome of these complaints are hot flashes and “night” sweats, two vasomotor symptoms that can occur any time of the day. These symptoms can leave a woman feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed and cause her to awaken frequently at night, leading to exhaustion, mental fatigue, and depression. During the early stages of menopause, called perimenopause, these symptoms can be especially frequent and intense; some perimenopausal women experience 10 or more moderate to severe hot flashes in a single day.

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