Heart Disease Stroke Risk Factors May Increase In Severity Before Menopause

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African-American Women At Greater Risk For Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes Than White Women.

The severity of key risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke appears to increase more rapidly in the years leading up to menopause, rather than after. New research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The risk factors, together known as metabolic syndrome, include a large waistline, high triglyceride (a blood fat) levels, low HDL (the “good” cholesterol) levels, high blood pressure and high blood sugar when fasting. Paying attention to food quality and what’s in the processed foods being consumed is a good first step to avoiding some of these risk factors. There’s lot’s of evidence pointing to food as highly effective medicine for reducing risk..Eat it to stay well. Or take prescription drugs along with their known side effects. Leaching nutrients leading to malnutrition pose significant risks. Eat your way out of heart disease and stroke risk.
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Full bibliographic information Progression of Metabolic Syndrome Severity during the Menopausal Transition
Co-authors are Matthew J. Gurka, Ph.D.; Abhishek Vishnu, Ph.D.; and Richard A. Santen, M.D.
Journal of the American Heart Association
(Manuscript number: JAHA/2016/003609R1)


Relieve Hot Flashes, Night Sweats In As Little as 10 Days

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 Relieve hot flashes, night sweats and more in as little as 10 days.

Michael_JeffersMost women will experience menopause on average for 4 to 7 years. During this time women can experience many distressing symptoms. These include night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, vaginal dryness and others.  There are numerous natural products that support menopause with varying degrees of success. I am pleased to introduce you to EstroG-100. EstroG-100 is a unique blend of 3 herbal extracts from South Korea and may be the most effective natural product for menopausal support I have found.

In this interview we will discuss the origin of EstroG-100 and in what ways it is helpful for women during menopause. Studies with EstroG-100 have shown that 70% of women in the study experienced some relief within 7 to 10 days. This is significantly faster than other natural menopausal remedies. EstroG-100 was also shown to be effective for 8 of the 10 major symptoms of menopause without side effects. You can read more about this study at this link at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). EstroG-100 works quickly and on the widest range of symptoms taking only 1 capsule per day. Side effects and adverse events are virtually non-existent. You can learn more about Estro-G-100 at HeliosCorp.net.

About Michael Jeffers

Michael Jeffers is the President of Helios Corp. Helios is the company that researched, developed and did clinical studies on EstroG-100.

Plant Medicine for Menopause

CHICAGO—Nutritional supplements, along with diet, exercise and stress management, can help women feel their best as they enter perimenopause and menopause, according to Tori Hudson, N.D., clinical professor, National college of Naturopathic Medicine, and director, A Woman’s Time Clinic, who spoke at the eighth annual Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) symposium.

As a practitioner, Dr. Hudson said her primary job with perimenopasue and menopause patients is to make them feel better, reducing symptoms such as hot flashes, while not increasing the risk of other diseases. This is where plant medicine can shine.

Dr. Hudson said black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is the most researched plant for menopause symptoms with more than 100 published scientific papers and presentations. Black Cohosh does not have estogenic action and does not contain phytoestrogens, which is why it is thought to be safe in breast cancer patients.

Most of the black cohosh studies show 50-percent reduction in hot flash symptoms or more, and some show mood support, she said. She mentioned a 2004 in vitro study that found isopropanolic black cohosh extract was safe for women with a history of breast cancer (Menopause. 2004 May-Jun;11(3):281-9.) And a 2007 study showed is was associated with  a 61-percent reduction in breast cancer risk (Int. J. Cancer 2007; 120:1523-1528).


Ginseng is another herb Dr. Hudson uses in menopausal patients. She noted a 2012 study found red ginseng reduced menopause symptoms significantly, including hot flashes (Menopause 2012;19(4):461-466). This study also found it decreased total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Dr. Hudson cautioned that ginseng could cause insomnia, so she recommends her patients take it in the morning.

In a 2006 study, Dr. Hudson said 100 mcg of hops significantly decreased menopause symptoms after six weeks, but not after 12 (Maturitas. 2006 May 20;54(2):164-75). She said she recommends hops for help with menopause, but doesn’t rely on it alone; instead, she combines it with other menopause-helping ingredients.


Kava can also help address menopause symptoms, as a 2000 study found it reduced anxiety in menopause patients, especially in women who were also taking hormone replacement therapy (Minerva Ginecol. 2000 Jun;52(6):263-7). Another study found  kava reduced anxiety within one month in perimenopausal women  (Maturitas. 2003 Feb 25;44(2):103-9).

While Dr. Hudson noted some reports have shown kava can be associated with liver damage, she said doses of up to 210 mg kavalactones per day should be safe.





Kudzu (Pueraria mirifica) may be growing all over the southern United States, but it also helps women as they enter menopause, Dr. Hudson explained. A 2007 study found 20, 30 or 50 mg/d of kudzu decreased vaginal dryness in women with menopause after 12 weeks (Menopause. 2007 Sep-Oct;14(5):919-24). And in 2011, a study found 25 and 50 mg/d increased sexual health in menopausal women (Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2011 Aug;284(2):411-9). However, Dr. Hudson noted kudzu is rich in phytoestrogens, so she avoids using it in breast cancer patients





Maca (Lepidiym meyneii) , a south American herb, at 3.5 g/d reduced anxiety, depression and sexual dysfunction in a randomized clinical trial of postmenopausal women (Menopause. 2008 Nov-Dec;15(6):1157-62). And a 2012 review found maca had a positive effect on sexual dysfunction in menopausal women (BMC Complement Altern Med. 2010 Aug 6;10:44).








Red clover, an isoflavone extract, works mildly  Dr. Huson said. She said doesn’t use it much because it’s hit and miss. However, she noted a 2010 study found red clover extract with  80 mg of isoflavones, reduced anxiety and depression in postmenopausal women (Maturitas. 2010 Mar;65(3):258-61).






A double blind Taiwanese study with peri-menopausal women found French maritime pine bark (as Pycnogenol from Horphag Research) decreased blood pressure, increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and decreased the perimenopause symptoms of depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction and insomnia (Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2007;86(8):978-85).




Dr. Hudson covered Sibiric rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum), an herb that’s currently only sold to professionals. A 2006 study found 250 mg of the botanical reduced hot flashes and anxiety, and increased well-being (Menopause. 2006 Sep-Oct;13(5):744.-59)






Lastly, Dr. Hudson noted St. John’s Wort at 900 mg/d for 12 weeks in menopausal women improved psychological and psychosomatic symptoms as well as feelings of well-being (Adv Ther. 1999 Jul-Aug;16(4):177-86).

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