Since pharmaceutical drugs often come with a slew of possible side effects, many women pursue alternative methods to manage menopause symptoms. The process of menopause occurs when women stop menstruating, and as they transition to a post-period life, they go through perimenopause. This is when vitamins and supplements are going to be needed, and we are here to tell you why.
Natural Approach to Menopausal Symptoms
Menopause is neither a disease nor a disorder. It is a natural process females experience as they reach a certain age. Some visit their doctor to discuss lifestyle changes or medications to treat their symptoms. With the many side effects often associated with medications, however, many women turn to vitamin and supplements. If you wish to guide customers to a natural approach to eased symptoms during their menopausal process, then consider some of the below ingredients.
Vitamins That Help Menopause Symptoms
Vitamin B6: This nutrient helps the body produce serotonin, a chemical responsible for transmitting brain signals. As women age, serotonin levels decline. Fluctuating serotonin levels may be a contributing factor to mood swings and depression, which are common symptoms in menopause.
Vitamin B12: A water-soluble vitamin found in foods such as beef, chicken, fish, and eggs, Vitamin B12 is used for bone health, neurological function, DNA production, and red blood cell production. With a deficiency in Vitamin B12 comes fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, depression, and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. In later stages of deficiency, anemia may develop. Need a reason to include B12 in your perimenopause supplement? As your customers age, their B12 levels drop because the body becomes less able to properly absorb the nutrient. So even if your female customers are eating enough eggs and chicken, they may still lack Vitamin B12. Keep this information in mind when creating your custom formula for us to manufacture, package, and deliver!
Vitamin D: Around one in five U.S. adults take Vitamin D supplements in fear of falls, decreased bone density, and fractures. It is important to include accurate dosages on your private label Vitamin D as too much of the nutrient can lead to overabsorption of calcium. Those who are deficient need to know that your business values safety, which is why Makers Nutrition encourages your Research & Development team to carefully craft your formula before advertising a product with a dangerous Suggested Use. We also encourage clients to include a QR code to educate your soon-to-be customers on the especially beneficial potential of Vitamin D for women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Vitamin D has been demonstrated to affect mood, and women experiencing hormone changes during menopause could use the help in preventing severe mood swings and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Since women going through the change often experience weight gain, your customers may also like to know that Vitamin D can help them manage their waistline.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is another nutrient which can help individuals manage their menopausal symptoms. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works to minimize free radical damage, often linked to the effect of stress on the body. Free radical damage can lead to depression, and scientific studies have shown that Vitamin E helps decrease the risk of depression, making it an ingredient that pairs well with Vitamin D.
Dietary Supplements that Ease Menopausal Symptoms
Evening Primrose Oil: The seed of this flowering plant is often used to help menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and bone loss. While more research is underway regarding its effectiveness, many people use this oil which is native to northern and central America.
Black Cohosh: Another supplement ingredient that aids in hot flashes women experience during menopause, black cohosh is being studied for evidence that it is in fact beneficial for people to take in managing symptoms. Some reports note adverse effects from contaminated supplements containing black cohosh, so it is best to choose a supplement manufacturer that can guarantee quality testing for the utmost safety and purity of your private label products.
Red Clover: Research shows that red clover contains isoflavones which may help reduce symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes due to their estrogen-like effects.
Maca: Used for centuries for physical ailments like anemia, hormonal imbalances, and infertility, maca, or Lepidium meyenii, is often found in supplements for menopause symptoms.
Dong Quai: Grown in the cooler regions of Korea, China, and Japan, dong quai is thought to be effective when combined with other herbs (black cohosh, red clover, chamomile), again aiding in the reduction of night sweats and hot flashes.
Ginseng: Used in products for everything from immune function to heart health, ginseng is one of the most popular supplement ingredients manufactured to date. While several types of it exist, Korean red ginseng is most frequently studied for its agency in menopause symptoms.
Valerian Root Extract: Among the most popular ingredients used in menopause supplements, valerian root extract can help women with insomnia and hot flashes as they end the menstruation chapter of their lives. Preliminary research is promising: a study involving 68 menopausal women established that valerian supplements were considerably more effective in reducing subjective hot flash severity than a placebo. Another small study of 60 menopausal women yielded similar results. In addition, a study of 100 menopausal women found that a combination of valerian and lemon balm was significantly more helpful in ameliorating sleep quality than a placebo.
Like the sound of some of these ingredients? They can be team players in helping your customers achieve an easier path through a process that is often dreaded by so many.
Manufacturing Supplements that Attract Consumers
Design is everything. Whether you are launching your first product or your twentieth, product and packaging construction makes a difference in selling supplements. Our most successful clients value graphic design because they understand that if they are offering virtually the same product as another brand, the consumer will typically go with the more appealing label. Through wise and creative design, you can educate clients on why your product is beneficial, inform them of any allergens, that your vitamin or supplement is non-GMO and free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and flavors. As long as what you include is compliant with the FDA’s regulations, then your custom packaging should contribute to your private label business success.
Custom Packaging Cautions
There are very specific amounts of supplement ingredients some people should be taking. Why? Because ingredients may interact with already-existing health conditions. Too much Vitamin A may be toxic. People who drink too much alcohol or those with liver problems should not take Vitamin A supplements. Even if it is the manufactured to the highest caliber of quality, the nutrient may interact with medications. Vitamin E could cause further complications in people who have Alzheimer’s disease, a heart condition, or kidney issues. It is just so important that your customers know what they are consuming and what NOT to take according to their current health status. Makers Nutrition is a one-stop shop, which means our graphics team will design a standout label for your menopause supplement, but they are especially going to expect to discuss a Caution section. You are ultimately in charge of and responsible for your product. We will design the product as you wish, and our Quality Control department will ensure your product is safe for distribution. However, we strongly urge you to make sure you know which ingredients work together and against each other, so your vitamin business can succeed.
Startup Supplement Manufacturer
Especially if you are dipping a toe into the competitive water that is the nutraceutical industry, you are going to need a vitamin manufacturing service provider that allows you to sleep soundly at night. From the first phone call with Makers Nutrition, you gain the peace of mind that we want you to only thrive. We cater to startups so that entrepreneurs know our team is with them 100% of the time. How? Lower MOQs, competitive turnaround times, and value like no other. And unlike many supplement manufacturers, we always answer the phone!