Menopause …. and while there is no safe way to make hot flashes and mood swings disappear, perhaps the key is simply: Madame Ovary
Dr. Dominique Fradin-Read, has spent most of his career focusing on preventive and anti-aging medicine, helping women through hormonal changes and symptoms of menopause. He worked with her to prepare a package of vitamins and supplements for women who want these hormonal changes to be as smooth as possible, every woman we know in her forty, fifty, sixty, sixty and beyond.
Who is this vitamin and supplement protocol best for?
These supplements are designed to benefit women in many stages of hormonal change, starting with those in the early to mid-forties and going up long after their periods stop. I helped put together this formula after in-depth brainstorming with herbalist Lyra Heller. I made my recommendations based upon my experience as a physician—I’ve treated many women with symptoms of perimenopause or full menopause—and as a woman.
What ingredients were important to include in the formula? What do they do?
We wanted to include nutrients that are not always sufficiently consumed in the diet. Even though we may try to eat as healthy as possible and buy organic, in reality, life is busy. At the end of the day, some women may come up short on essential nutrients from the tendency to skip meals or from the lack of time to cook or go grocery shopping or whatever else. That is why adding a blend of essential vitamins and phytonutrients to the formula was important, and it came with a plus: These phytonutrients have antioxidant activity that helps maintain optimal cellular health.
Omega-3s are another important part of our packs. There is a long list of studies on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. We could not omit them from our regimen. Our main goal was to find the best source.
Keeping in mind menopause symptoms linked to stress, it was important to include some natural vitamins or herbs that could support stress management or that have calming, relaxing properties. Several ingredients were added in that sense:
- Rhodiola rosea is a well-studied adaptogen that has proven to reduce the effects of stress on both the body and mind.
- Lemon balm and motherwort are included as supportive herbs.
- Black cohosh is another interesting herb that has modulatory effects on mood, and it has been recommended for years for symptoms associated with menopause.
Finally, we added specific nutrients that support healthy thyroid function, including iodine, selenium, zinc, and copper—all required in good amounts for the proper synthesis or function of thyroid hormones.
Dominique Fradin-Read, MD, MPH, is board-certified in preventive medicine. After receiving her medical degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles she completed various fellowships in Europe and moved to the US in 1999. Read completed an internship in internal medicine through UC San Francisco and a residency in preventive medicine at Loma Linda University, where she also earned her master of public health degree. She previously worked closely as a physician with dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad at his medical group. She opened her own practice, VitaLife-MD, in Los Angeles, specializing in wellness and preventative anti-aging programs.