Apple of Her Eye
Potent apple compounds provide antioxidant protection during menopause.
by Lisa James
At a time when people are living longer than ever, exciting new possibilities can open up for women as they pass through menopause. “At midlife, more psychic energy becomes available to us than any time since adolescence,” says noted women’s health authority Christiane Northrup, MD, author of The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam). Working with that energy allows women to “move more joyfully into the second half of our lives.”
One way women can take charge of their lives during “the change” is to neutralize symptoms that can accompany menopause, including bloating, breast tenderness, hot flashes, mood swings and weight gain. Apple compounds known as polyphenols may help, especially when combined with other crucial nutrients.
Whoever came up with the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” knew what they were talking about. When consumed regularly, apples have been associated with greater cardiovascular and respiratory well-being, among other benefits.
While the fiber and vitamin C found in apples are certainly healthful, what really has piqued the curiosity of biomedical researchers are the fruit’s polyphenols, the best-known of which is quercetin. Apple polyphenols are antioxidants, substances that help fight destructive molecules called free radicals. Created during normal energy production but exacerbated by pollution and other toxin sources, free radicals can damage cells, accelerate aging and contribute to the discomforts that can accompany menopause.
SelectSIEVE is a supplement that combines quercetin with two other polyphenols, chlorogenic acid and phlorizin, to support the body’s own antioxidant activities, helping to cool off hot flashes and reduce weight gain while improving circulation and bone strength. Extracted from apple juice without solvents or high temperatures, SelectSIEVE provides these compounds in their natural form.
Polishing the Apple
Apple polyphenols aren’t the only antioxidants that can take the edge off of menopausal symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid neutralizes free radicals in both watery and fatty parts of the cell while helping to turn glucose into energy; as Northrup says, it is “the only antioxidant that can increase a cell’s metabolism, which tends to slow down with aging.” And the amino acid L-cysteine is crucial for the production of an antioxidant called glutathione.
Now these two compounds are available in a form called a-LACYS RESET that not only acts to neutralize free radicals but to prevent their creation in the first place. As a result a-LACYS RESET encourages balanced hormone levels, which promote menopausal comfort and emotional stability.
Other nutrients help women transition through menopause more easily. Magnesium reduces fatigue, normalizes muscle function and supports bone health as well as normal psychological functioning.
SiMag is an extract taken from purified Mediterranean seawater that provides different types of naturally occurring magnesium. And calcium, magnesium’s mineral partner, is also available aquatically in the form of an algae called Algas calcareas. Besides helping to strengthen bone, calcium aids in lowering blood pressure and easing muscle spasms, and has been linked to reductions in fat deposits.
Menopause can be a time to redirect your life in new, exciting ways. Proper nutritional support helps dispel the discomforts that get in the way of fulfilling your dreams.