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Vitamins for Hot Flashes

The effectiveness of vitamins for hot flashes is not always easy to determine  First, we still don't know what causes hot flashes  There is plenty of speculation (see hot flash remedy), but no certain cause  

Second, hot flashes come and go on their own  They vary in frequency and intensity with no one understanding why  So even if there are studies done, or testimonials taken, there is no way to know at this time, whether the vitamins for hot flashes made the difference, or if the hot flashes would have disappeared anyway

Still, there are vitamins for hot flashes you can take

Avoid anything that will heat the body, from caffeine and hot or spicy foods, to hot rooms and hot showers

Hot flashes use up vitamin C, the B vitamins, calcium, potassium and trace minerals, so you will want to increase your intake of these vitamins

Bioflavonoids with vitamin C may be effective in reducing the intensity and/or frequency of hot flashes  The best way to get both is from a whole food source such as the Amla berry  You can buy Amla-C in powder or capsule form

Vitamin E is one of the vitamins for hot flashes  Vitamin E has been shown to reduce hot flashes for some women  Dosage is 400-800IU per day  DO NOT TAKE SYNTHETIC vitamin E (dl-alpa tocopherol)  Take natural vitamin E, which is D-alpha tocopherol, preferably with mixed tocopherols (may also be listed individually, d-beta, d-gamma, d-delta)   You can also get vitamin E in the form of expeller-pressed wheat germ oil

Side effects from taking too much vitamin E include nausea, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain

Precautions for Vitamin E:  if you have rheumatic heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), iron deficiency anemia or thyroid dysfunction, check with your health care practitioner before starting supplementation with vitamin E

Cod liver oil contains vitamins A and D, and the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA  These nutrients nourish your adrenal glands which take over the production of estrogen and progesterone during menopause   If your adrenal glands aren't working well, this could contribute to hot flashes  For more on how to find good quality cod liver oil, see natural remedies for menopause

Soy is heavily promoted as a remedy for hot flashes  The speculation is that Japanese women get less hot flashes and eat more soy foods than Americans  Therefore, soy must help  

Many studies have been done, and in fact soy may help with hot flashes  However, the soy that Japanese eat and the soy being promoted to Americans are not the same  

Japanese do not take soy supplements, containing many, many times the dose of isolated compounds of soybeans in them  They add tofu to soups (along with meat) and other dishes There have been no long-term studies on either the effectiveness or the risk of taking mega doses of soy isolates  

What we do know, is that soy is both highly allergenic (it is one of the top seven foods that people are sensitive or allergic to) and extremely hard to digest  

The soybean contains compounds that interfere with amino acid and mineral absorption  If you are going to take soy, do not take it in supplement form or protein powders  Eat it in it's fermented state (tempeh and miso) and stay away from soy milk, tofu, textured vegetable protein (tvp), and other non-fermented products  

Soy can also interfere with thyroid hormone  If you are concerned about getting soy in your diet because of sensitivities (many people report the disappearance of brain fog after removing soy from their diets) or concern about thyroid issues, take note that soy is added to almost everything these days  It is in many vitamins (check the ingredients listing on the label), bottled salad dressings, bread, mayonnaise, and many other processed foods

High blood pressure, overweight, and hot flashes

Some studies have shown that women with high blood pressure tend to have more hot flashes Other studies have shown a correlation between being overweight and having more hot flashes  

The good news is that if you lose weight, your blood pressure will probably go down, and maybe your hot flashes will diminish as well!

For more on healthy diets for menopause, see menopause diets