For millions of women, symptoms of menopause run the gamut, from brain fog to hot flashes, and everything in between. While some women may find these symptoms to be mildly annoying, for other women, menopause symptoms can negatively impact their quality of life. In either instance, minimizing symptoms is key to a happier experience with the natural process of the end of your menstrual cycle. Believe it or not, something as simple as a hot cup of tea can help to minimize symptoms, if you choose the right one. Here’s how to choose the best tea for menopause symptoms.
Opt for Organic
There is little debate as to the benefits of eating and drinking organic products. Free of potentially harmful pesticides, organic herbs in tea come with less risk of exposure to chemicals. Organic herbs are typically grown in smaller batches, which is better for the tea plants themselves. Beyond that, organic herbs in teas often have far more nutrients than non-organic herbs. For example, antioxidants are typically in greater abundance in organic herbs. Antioxidants have been conclusively linked to milder menopause symptoms including hot flashes. So, when looking for the best tea for menopause symptoms, be sure you opt for organic.
Get Tea with GABA
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a naturally made neurotransmitter. GABA produces a calming effect, as it helps to block a variety of signals from reaching the brain. Your GABA levels begin to decline as you age. Insufficient GABA levels have been linked to cognitive decline, which can first appear as brain fog often associated with menopause. Sufficient levels of GABA are also necessary for getting plenty of sleep and staving off anxiety. Both restless sleep and anxiousness are common symptoms of menopause. To help combat these symptoms, a tea that contains GABA is likely a great choice for managing menopause symptoms.
Select a Tea that Contains Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh has been used since ancient times for a variety of ailments, including supporting the nervous system. In the west, Native Americans relied on black cohosh for the treatment of muscle problems, pain, and menstrual cramps. More recently, the benefits of black cohosh have been recognized as significantly reducing some of the many symptoms of menopause including depression and fatigue. In some women, black cohosh has also helped with hot flashes.
Look for Wild Yam in Ingredients
Wild yam can help influence the production of hormones including estrogen. Estrogen declines in menopause resulting in a variety of bothersome symptoms such as:
- Hot flashes
- Painful sex
- Painful sex
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
An organic tea that includes wild yam may help reduce your symptoms of menopause.
Keep an Eye Out for Echinacea in Tea
Echinacea is one of the most widely used herbs in America, and with good reason. Multiple studies show that echinacea may have positive impacts not only on the immune system but also boast antioxidant properties and provide beneficial hormonal effects. To reduce symptoms of menopause, look for a natural tea free of chemicals and metals as potential relief.