B vitamins and menopause
When a woman goes through menopause she will experience a lot of changes that may lead to a number of physical and emotional symptoms. Certain B vitamins may play a role in maintaining health and helping manage some of the symptoms associated with the menopausal years.
- Tiredness – Tiredness is a common symptom of menopause.1 Most B vitamins are involved in converting the food that we eat into a form of energy that the body can use.
- Stress and mood changes – For many women menopause can be a stressful period of life and may be due in part to the tiredness. Most of the B vitamins help maintain nervous system function and may therefore be beneficial during times of stress. Some B vitamins such as vitamin B6 are involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (brain chemical messengers) such as serotonin, GABA and dopamine that play a role in the regulation of mental processes and possibly mood.
- Forgetfulness – Forgetfulness is another symptom of menopause that women may experience.1 Some of the B vitamins including B1, B2, B3 and B12 play a role in maintaining healthy brain function and supporting normal memory and concentration.
- Heart health ‐ The reduction in female hormones that occurs with menopause can affect cardiovascular health.2 Many of the B vitamins help to maintain healthy heart and cardiovascular function including vitamin B1, B12, B6 and folic acid.
In addition to adopting healthy diet and lifestyle practices to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of menopause, you could try a B complex vitamin supplement for extra nutritional support.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
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Published May 25, 2014
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