Supplements worth trying for anxiety in menopause
- St John’s Wort appears to be effective in treating anxiety during the menopause but it can interfere with other medication so it is important to speak with your doctor before taking according to the latest RCOG guidance.
- Vitamin D Research has shown that oral vitamin D sprays outperform tablet absorption as they deliver it straight to the bloodstream.
- Black Cohosh may increase oestrogen levels helping to balance the feel-good hormones serotonin and friends.
- Valerian Root contains phytoestrogenic components and sedative elements which may help with anxiety and hot flushes
- Passionflower raises the chemical GABA which makes you feel more relaxed and reduces anxiety by decreasing brain activity. Check with your GP first as it may impact on other medicines such as blood-thinners or sedatives.
- Agnus Castus helps to stabilise the fluctuating hormone levels which add to feelings of anxiety
- Siberian Ginseng works on improving the function of the adrenal glands, suppressing the production of cortisol.
- AvenaCalm (A.Vogel) and Viridian’s L-theanine & Lemon Balm Supplement claim to help with menopausal anxiety.
It’s essential that you talk to your doctor as supplements can have side-effects, impact on the function of prescription medications/or have time limits on how long you can take them for.