Hot flashes affect as many as 75% of menopausal women. While estrogen therapy is probably the most reliable method to stop hot flashes, more and more women are looking for natural alternatives to hormone therapy. Vitamin E is one such alternative method to stop hot flashes.
Vitamin E’s main function in the body is to enable the proper functioning of nerves and muscles. It is an antioxidant and is important for the health of your skin, heart, and immune system. It can also be used topically as a vaginal lubricant, and has been recommended by Vibrant Nation members.
One study — a placebo double blind-controlled trial conducted over 4 weeks — found that there were statistically significant differences in the severity of hot flashes and their daily frequency for women using vitamin E to stop hot flashes.
You can increase your vitamin E intake by eating foods rich in the nutrient. For example, eggs, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard contain vitamin E. Vegetable oils and wheat germ also contain vitamin E. However, you’ll most likely need a supplement in order to reach the levels of vitamin E reputed to stop hot flashes.
The recommended dietary allowance is only 22.5 IU for adults. A recommended level for menopausal women is 400 – 600 IU / day. (The participants in the study referenced above were given 400 IU daily.)
Side effects or dangers of using vitamin E to stop hot flashes
Additionally, women with high blood pressure should take less vitamin E (no more than 100 IU). Talk to your healthcare provider before taking vitamins E or K or if you take an anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medication or have any underlying health problems.
Vitamin E can result in increased bleeding and decreased clotting if you take more than 1,000 mg daily. Some studies also indicate a risk of heart problems among those who take more than 300 mg a day.
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