Vitamin E Helps Hot Flashes and Insomnia

Vitamin E is famous for it's health benefits to glands and organs, however it may not be generally known that vitamin E is a proven remedy for menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.  A hot flash, also called a hot flush, is a sudden unexpected feeling of warmth and often a breakout of sweat in the upper half of the body.

These flashes are experienced by 80% of women around the time of menopause, and men can also have them due to a lessening of testosterone at middle age.  A night sweat is a *hot flash* that occurs in the night, often while one is sleeping, and this can cause frequent awakenings.

Vitamin E was shown in a recent study from the journal Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation to be a natural alternative to estrogen therapy and an effective remedy for hot flashes. The researchers found there were significant statistical differences in the hot flash severity score after women took a 400 IU vitamin E (softgel cap) daily for 4 weeks. They concluded that based on the trial, vitamin E is recommended for the treatment of hot flashes.

Adelle Davis, the first nutritionist to base her recommendations on science-based studies, says: "During the menopause the need for vitamin E soars ten to fifty times over that previously required. Hot flashes and night sweats often disappear when 50 to 500 units of vitamin E are taken daily, but they quickly recur should the vitamin be stopped."

Calcium is also directly related to our hormonal changes and cycles of sleep. In one study published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers found that calcium levels in the body are higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such as the rapid eye movement (REM) phase. The study concluded that disturbances in sleep, especially the absence of REM deep sleep or disturbed REM sleep, are related to a calcium deficiency. Restoration to the normal course of sleep was achieved following the normalization of the blood calcium level.

Natural insomnia remedies for sleep, such as Sleep Minerals II from Nutrition Breakthroughs, are gaining popularity with menopausal women. Sleep Minerals II contains highly absorbable forms of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D; all combined in a softgel with carrier oils. 

Adelle Davis says: *During the menopause high amounts of calcium should be obtained and every step be taken to insure its absorption into the blood. When these precautions are taken and the diet is adequate in other respects, the woman at menopause usually loses her irritability, hot flashes, night sweats, leg cramps, insomnia, and mental depression.*

Anita L. of New Caney, Texas says: *I was having hot flashes every 30 minutes to an hour through the night and was so miserable. After about two weeks of taking the Sleep Minerals, I noticed an incredible difference with my sleep.  I have much less interruption from flashes, I'm sleeping much better and I'm a lot more comfortable. I'm so happy I found it and that it actually works.*

Estrogen-based hormone drugs may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.  An increasing number of women are turning to non-pharmaceutical remedies for night sweats and insomnia. Vitamin E and highly absorbable forms of natural minerals can be soothing alternatives.

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