After losing my mom to breast cancer in 1994, I became passionate about teaching women how to prevent this terrible disease. Research shows that simple diet and lifestyle approaches can drastically reduce the risk. In addition, avoiding known risk factors such as taking hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms is also very important. This issue is very personal to me, because my mom’s breast cancer was thought to be primarily due to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
For decades, HRT was promoted as the fountain of youth. It was said to lower the risk of heart disease, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease. But several studies in the early 2000s, including the Women’s Health Initiative Study—the largest ongoing prospective study of women—found mostly the opposite is true. Women who take HRT have an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, blood clots, gall bladder disease and invasive breast and ovarian cancer. Bio-identical hormones are now commonly used instead, however, there are no long term studies proving their safety. Early studies show they appear to be less harmful when compared to synthetic pharmaceutical hormones, but they still may increase your risk of breast cancer.
A much safer choice when it comes to improving menopausal symptoms is to restore balance to your physiology through healthy diet and lifestyle choices. For additional help, I recommend you take an effective, safe, plant-based supplement. There is a relatively new formula I was introduced to a few months ago that really caught my attention called “Relizen.”
Discovered by accident, a Swedish beekeeper noticed that his bees seemed more energetic when they consumed the pollen from particular flowers growing in his fields. He then wondered if it would have the same effect on people. So, he gave it to men and women and although he was unimpressed by the pollen’s ability to improve energy; he was quite impressed and surprised to find it appeared to provide great relief for menopausal women.
The first pollen extract product was released in Europe in 1999. Made from the extracts of several Swedish flowers—specifically from the grass (Poacea) family including rye (Secale cerale )—this product was recently introduced in the U.S. a few years ago with the trade-name Relizen. To date, over one million women worldwide have used this type of product with great satisfaction; and it is currently the number one non-hormonal menopausal product used in France.
In the U.S., over 2,000 gynecologists now recommended Relizen to their patients because it has been studied with the same rigors used for a pharmaceutical medication proving its effectiveness. For example, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 2005, and a large controlled clinical trial in 2015 that was conducted by 90 gynecologists found that Relizen works through non-estrogenic pathways to help alleviate menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings and fatigue.
Exactly how the pollen extract works is not fully understood, but it has been found to contain over 180 nutrients and is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. In addition, according to a publication in 2016, it also increases serotonin—a neurotransmitter that stabilizes mood and improves depression. Because it is non-hormonal it is considered safe for women who have had breast cancer. Just to note—the manufacturer says they use a state-of-the art manufacturing process to remove the allergenic husk, reducing the worry if you have a pollen allergy.
There is no need to suffer with menopausal symptoms. This natural transition of life is meant to go smoothly. For most women, making a few healthy diet and lifestyle changes can dramatically improve or resolve symptoms. If you find you still need some more help, try taking a safe, effect plant-based supplement like Relizen. For more information and to order, please go to my website: www.drchristinehorner.com and click on “My Recommendations.”