Supplement Manufacturing Trends For Menopause Support
Every day, an estimated 6,000 American women reach menopause – that is approximately 2 million a year, according to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). As a result of declining hormone levels, many women experience physiological changes during this stage.
Menopausal symptoms and their severity differ from women to women but the more common ones include hot flashes, fatigue, trouble sleeping, irritability, depression, mood swings, increased fat around the waist, hair loss, decrease in libido, and headaches.
The conventional treatment for menopause is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) but today more women are leaning towards menopause supplements for support. Why? Herbal and nutritional supplements for menopause have support from the scientific community, show high potential efficacy, and their low costs appeal to women who are searching for more natural remedies for menopause to support health during this challenging phase of life.
Popular Ingredients in Supplements for Menopause
Well-known ingredients that have support from traditional use and/or scientific research for alleviating menopausal symptoms include:
Phytoestrogens are plant-derived chemicals. Red clover isoflavone and isolated soy isoflavone are two phytoestrogens that are known to help support against hot flashes and mood swings. Both isoflavones also have a beneficial influence on cardiovascular health, bone health and cognitive abilities. 1-2
Black Cohosh is a buttercup plant that grows in North America. This is one of the most popular herbs used in menopause supplements. Some studies suggest black cohosh promotes hormonal balance which helps to alleviate hot flashes and mood disorders. 3
Probiotics may help to support digestion. It can be found in supplements for menopause because research suggests it may help with the metabolism of estrogen. 4
Vitamins and Minerals may help in a variety of ways. For example, Vitamin E may help to alleviate hot flashes and night sweats. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps support skin health. The B vitamins may help women cope with stress during menopause. With bone health being a major concern, calcium and magnesium supplements may help support bone health. 5
Evening Primrose Oil is a source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) that supports the synthesis of prostaglandin.
Dong Quai, a Chinese herb, has been used traditionally as a “female tonic”. It contains iron and Vitamin E and is believed to support hormonal balance. 6
St. John’s Wort is a popular choice in herbal remedies for menopause. It may help maintain a positive mood. Recent studies show that it may also help alleviate hot flashes. 7
Fish oil – Menopause supplements may contain fish oil. Fish oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (ethyl-eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which help support cardiovascular, skin and bone health. Some studies suggest that they may help alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. 8-9
Increasing Number of Women Entering Menopause
Women enter menopause typically around the age of 50. Taking into account the large baby-boom generation that will enter mid-life in subsequent years, NAMS estimates the number of women over 51 in the year 2020 to be over 50 million. The age range for menopause is between 40 to 58 years, but early menopause which may occur between the age of 30 and 40 is affecting more and more women. 10 Factors which may accelerate menopause could be related to lifestyle such as poor nutrition, smoking, a high intake of fat and cholesterol. 11
According to SPINS, a natural products industry information provider based in Schaumburg, IL., supplements and herbal products associated with women’s health covered more than $1 billion in sales in 2008. 12
Supplement Manufacturers Can Help Meet the Growing Need for Menopause Supplements
Contact a high-quality supplement manufacturer, such as NutraScience Labs, to help you create supplements that are intended to meet the health needs of women going through menopause. All of our dietary contract manufacturing services take place in a state-of-the-art facility that is GMP certified and our in-house team of graphic artists can work with you to create the label design and packaging for your product. We can even store and ship your products out for you when you take advantage of our order fulfillment and drop shipping services!
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12. SPINS Natural Products Marketplace Review, SPINS and Mintel