What Supplements I Recommend During Menopause and WHY

By: Dr. Mary Claire Haver

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Let’s talk about vitamins and supplements.

Honestly, one of the main questions I get asked is, “What vitamin do you recommend?” And my answer might floor you… I don’t.

I am not a huge fan of vitamins, as I think it is important to get our micronutrients from whole food sources. However, with that being said, for women our age entering and experiencing menopause, there are 4 key things we need:

  1. At least 25-30 g of Fiber daily: This can technically be attained via whole foods, but it usually is not. If you do not hit this goal (Carb Manager and other respective apps track how much you obtain from food consumption), I strongly recommend supplementation. The best options are those that combine insoluble + soluble fiber – I was not satisfied with any on the market, so I developed my own Galveston Diet Fiber Supplement.
  2. Omega 3:  This one is a little tricky… There is no “gram goal” to aim for per se, but your ratio of omega 6:omega 3 fatty acids is important, especially in fighting inflammation. The Galveston Diet is NOT traditional keto, so the source of a majority of our fats needs to fight (omega 3s), rather than promote (omega 6s) inflammation. It is possible to get a sufficient amount of omega 3 via whole foods, but it is hard to do. For that reason, I recommend and always personally take an omega 3 supplement every day – there is no “harm” to be done, and it promotes a lower omega 6:3 ratio.
  3. Roughly 600 IU Vitamin D: Vitamin D becomes increasingly essential with age, yet we tend to get less and less of it as we enter menopause. This vitamin is a “helper” for absorbing calcium, which is required for optimal bone health and preventing osteoporosis. Additionally, sufficient vitamin D has been shown to elevate your mood and increase cognitive performance.
  4. Roughly 1200 mg/day of Calcium per day – again, this can be obtained via whole foods, but if you don’t hit this amount daily, I suggest supplementation. Carb Manager and other respective apps track how much you obtain from your food consumption. Calcium promotes bone health and reduces your risk of bone fractures with age.
  5. Bonus Time! I also use a Collagen supplement, but more for the vanity benefits as opposed to health benefits. Collagen supplementation has been shown to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, improve the health of your skin and hair, and reduce cellulite.

 

Bottom line

I do not recommend any specific vitamins for menopause, but ensure you are getting enough of the above micronutrients via whole food. If not, supplementation is key. In the Galveston Diet Signature Program, we take an in-depth look at how to optimize your health via anti-inflammatory nutrition and dive into the specifics in the self-paced, online course. Check it out HERE.

As always, talk with your doctor to discuss any medical questions or concerns you may have

With an anti-inflammatory approach to nutrition, Dr. Haver has cracked the code and found an innovative solution that actually works at this time in our lives. The Galveston Diet can help women in menopause lose weight, burn fat, and feel more confident in their skin.

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