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Menopause is not an ailment, its purpose is to prevent pregnancy and childbirth which can be taxing on the body in older age. The cessation of menstruation puts the body under a great deal of stress, especially if this change is abrupt. With the hormonal shift, many women experience some discomfort. Typical complaints are hot flashes, vaginal dryness, dizziness, mood swings, depression, nervousness and irritability.
Vitamin E is important during menopause as it regulates estrogen levels in the body. The B vitamins support the liver, which is needed to detoxify excess hormones. Calcium absorption decreases during the change so many women choose to supplement with this crucial mineral. Herbal remedies such as Dong quai, chase tree, licorice root tea and raspberry leaves are also popular.