10 Vitamins and Supplements to Take During Menopause

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Ipriflavone

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Ipriflavone

A soy derivative, this compound has shown promising results in the treatment of weak bones — an important consideration, bearing in mind your osteoporosis risk skyrockets during menopause. Ipriflavone is thought to prevent the loss of bone strength and improve the effects of estrogen, which means it could even allow you to decrease your estrogen therapy (if you’re on hormone replacement therapy).

The benefit of taking Ipriflavone largely depends on how much calcium you take along with it. Taking 500mg of calcium a day may not do much, but studies suggest that 1,000mg of calcium can increase the effect of Ipriflavone. Although this supplement is likely safe for most women during menopause, it could bring some side effects like stomach pain, dizziness or diarrhea.

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