243 – Nutritional Support for Menopause – My Interview with Josée Fortin

Relief for hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings related to menopause

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Menopause is a time in life where the woman’s body goes through a major transformation. It is often perceived as an illness, but its purpose is to prevent pregnancy and childbirth at an age where it would be too taxing on the body. When menopause occurs suddenly or when the body is exhausted, menopause can be a source of major stress. In spite of everything, most women go through this period with minimal discomfort.

Menopause typically occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. At the beginning, menses start to be irregular, sometimes skip and cycles shorten or stretch. Menopause is usually clinically declared when a woman has no menses for a complete year. Total hysterectomy can also cause a sudden menopause. When the ovaries are still present, hormones can still be produced cyclically but in some cases it can also cause a sudden menopause. Hormonal changes can be accompanied by various symptoms such as: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, headaches, incontinence, muscular pain, mood swings, emotionalism, irritability, depression, low in energy and reduced sexual appetite.

There are many herbs that one can consider as aids to menopausal symptom relief. In this interview, Josée Fortin will discuss how nutrition, diet and lifestyle can benefit women with menopausal issues. She also discusses the herbal solution from A.Vogel: Sage Tablets

  • Reduces menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes Reduces perspiration / heavy sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • It’s antispasmodic and astringent effects are responsible for its efficacy against excessive perspiration and hot flashes 
  • It is also a carminative (against gas), antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, astringent and antimicrobial plant
  • An in vitro study shows that sage has an affinity to the brain benzodiazepine receptors, which can explain its calming effect
  • Another in vitro study show its antioxidant effect

An 8 week study using A.Vogel Sage Tablets in menopausal women with hot flashes was conducted with 69 patients. Women had to be menopausal for at least 6 months. Between 48 and 66 years old with at least 5 hot flashes a day. The results are impressive:

  • Reduced the number of hot flashes by 50% in 4 weeks.
  • Reduced the intensity of the hot flashes. The worse the symptoms, the better the results
  • 46% reduction of mild hot flashes
  • 62% reduction of moderate hot flashes
  • 79% reduction of severe hot flashes
  • 100% elimination of severe hot flashes. WOW! It doesn’t get any better than this. The worse the symptoms, the better it works.

Sage Tablets by A.Vogel

  • 1 per day formula
  • Organic – certified by Bio-Suisse
  • GMO free
  • Proven efficacy in reducing hot flashes and sweating
  • Excellent tolerability: only minor digestive irritations observed during the study that can be eliminated by taking with food.

There are many alternatives nutritional programs to support women during menopause. Each solution is different from the other and it is your process of discovery to determine what is available and what companies can you trust. Be bold enough to try different products until you find what works best for you. Many women have had excellent results with Sage Tablets from A.Vogel. One tablet per day may be all you need.

About Josée Fortin
Josée Fortin is a Naturopath and Biochemist with a degree in Biochemistry from University of Ottawa and is a member of the Association des Naturopathes Agréés du Québec (ANAQ). She has over 21 years of experience in the field of naturopathy and gives talks on a range of holistic health topics in natural product stores.


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