Amino Acid Supplements for Menopause Blues
If you’re going through menopause, you may be familiar with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as a method of resolving menopause-related symptoms, such as hot flashes, weight gain and even an increased risk of osteoporosis. But while BHRT may be the approach that garners the most media attention, correcting imbalances in the body’s amino acids can achieve similar results in some people and may be a suitable alternative or adjunct to BHRT.
The importance of amino acids
Amino acids are often referred to as the “building blocks of life.” That’s because they play a vital role in many of the body’s functions, including digestion, anti-aging, cellular repair, hormonal regulation and a host of other important functions. They also provide a source of energy for your body.
Amino acids, menopause and anti-aging
While it’s always important to eat a balanced diet to get as many essential amino acids as possible, there are three specific types of amino acids that have been linked with improving menopause symptoms:
- Arginine: During menopause, many women may experience a condition known as endothelial dysfunction, a blood vessel disorder that compromises vessels’ ability to circulate blood efficiently and which has been associated with hot flashes. In endothelial dysfunction, the vessels fail to produce enough nitric oxide, a chemical that helps vessels relax. When consumed, arginine is transformed into nitric oxide so it can help resolve the symptoms of endothelial dysfunction, including hot flashes.
- Lysine: Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means the body does not produce it on its own. Instead, we have to get what we need from the foods we eat. During menopause, lysine helps prevent arginine from being absorbed directly by cells, ensuring it remains in circulation where it can help blood vessels operate more efficiently. Lysine is important for the production of hormones and enzymes that play vital roles in menopause, and it also helps promote strong bones by promoting calcium absorption.
- Carnitine: Although not an amino acid, carnitine is a compound that’s produced by the amino acids lysine and methionine. Carnitine has been shown to help with weight loss, when combined with a sensible diet and increased activity making it a useful tool for counteracting the extra pounds that often accompany menopause.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of menopause, there are natural ways to help your body adjust. Contact the Waller Wellness Center to learn more about the importance of amino acids and other ways to combat uncomfortable symptoms of menopause and lead a healthier, happier life.