I am a breast cancer survivor who is now going through menopause.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am a breast cancer survivor who is now going through menopause. I can hardly make it through the day without having at least one hot flash. My sleep is also suffering as I am constantly taking the covers on and off all night long. Any suggestions on what I can take – I know I am not supposed to take anything that contains estrogen. Please help!!” — P.Z., Hampton, VA
A. Dear P.Z., I understand your concern, especially in light of your past breast health issues. While I do have a recommendation that you may find helpful, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input.
I would recommend taking a complex of hop cone, pomegranate, and black cohosh extracts to help fight the menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, etc.) that you are experiencing. While each botanical in this blend is a strong contender in its own right, I find they are much stronger in combination. This complex of herbs also has additional benefits – it supports bone health, cardiovascular function and weight loss – additional health concerns faced by many women during this challenging time of life. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this combination daily.
When choosing a formula, make sure to look for one that features standardized extracts. And when it comes to black cohosh – make sure it is standardized to 2.5% triterpene glycosides, as this is the type of extract that was used in black cohosh research.
The very low, minute quantities of naturally occurring estrogen found in plants such as pomegranate and hops do not have the problematic issues that the excessive estrogen levels found in prescription forms are associated with. These plant estrogens attach to estrogen receptors in the body and block the more harmful forms of estrogen which are then broken down in the liver and made harmless. Plant estrogens have no evidence of increasing breast cancer risk.
Terry . . . Naturally