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NPN 80006313

MENOPAUSE SUPPORT FORMULA

For the reduction of:

  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • other symptoms of menopause

The term menopause means one year with no menstrual cycle. Peri-menopause is the 10-15 years leading up to menopause. Both times in a woman’s life can bring unwelcome symptoms. MenoSense® contains natural ingredients to help relieve the symptoms associated with menopause and peri-menopause. Black cohosh, chasteberry, gamma orzanol, hesperidin and dong quai will help balance fluctuating hormone levels and ease the transition through menopause.

MenoSense® is recommended by Health Professionals for treatment of symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats and more.

EACH CAPSULE CONTAINS

  • Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) Extract (root)... 100 mg
    (4:1 from 400 mg of Dong Quai)
  • Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) Extract (0.6% Aucubin)
    (fruit)... 80 mg
    (10:1 from 800 mg of Chasteberry)
  • Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) Extract (rhizome and root)...80 mg
    (2 mg of triterpene glycosides measured as 27-deoxyactein)
  • Gamma-Oryzanol (from rice bran oil)... 75 mg
  • Hesperidin (Citrus sinensis) (pericarp)... 75 mg

Non-medicinal ingredients: Cellulose, vegetarian capsule (carbohydrate gum, purified water, silica), silica, vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant).

Adults

2 capsules at breakfast and 2 at bedtime or as directed by a health care practitioner. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 1 year.

This product does not contain artificial preservatives, colour or sweeteners; dairy, soy, wheat or yeast.


Caution
Do not use if you are using anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs and/or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have a liver disorder or if you develop symptoms of liver trouble. Keep out of reach of children.

Keep out of reach of children.

Why does the label on my bottle of MenoSense show "Consult a Health Care Practitioner for use beyond 1 year"?

This is a government regulatory requirement that must show on our labels once the NPN number is issued. Rest assured there are many women who have been using the product well beyond one year with no concern. However, as a precaution we do recommend you consult your Health Care Practitioner.

What is menopause?

The average age of menopause is 52 years. Clinically, it means one year with no menstrual period. Most women experience mild to moderate menopausal symptoms, some of which include (but are not limited to) hot flashes, night sweats, memory problems, fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido and headaches.

What is peri-menopause?

Peri-menopause is the 10-15 years before menopause, during which it's also common for women to suffer a multitude of hormonal complaints as their hormones shift (similar to how they do during puberty).

I have had a total hysterectomy, everything was removed.  Which of your products would you recommend for someone not going through the normal onset of menopause, knowing that I need to stay away from progesterone?

When a woman goes through menopause either naturally or through conventional methods, such as a hysterectomy, the adrenal glands will assume the role of hormone production so that she goes through menopause smoothly.  With this in mind it is recommended to take MenoSense (following label directions) as well as AdrenaSense to help support the adrenals. 

Is it okay for me to take MenoSense if I currently take a blood thinner?

Since Dong Quai contains coumarins, which are natural blood thinners, caution may be in order for those currently on blood thinning medication.  We advise in this situation to consult your own GP, ND or Health Care practitioner.

Is MenoSense gluten free?

Yes, we do have confirmation on file that there is no gluten added and no gluten present in MenoSense.  However, our manufacturing facility is NOT a gluten free facility, and as we do process products that contain gluten we are unable to confirm 100% that there is no possibility of cross contamination.

I recently bought a bonus bottle of MenoSense 240 capsules, and I was extremely disappointed in the packaging.  The bottle is huge and when you open it, it's only 1/4 full.  I don't understand why the bottle has to be so big - isn't this a waste of packaging in the day and age of being environmentally friendly?  Why not at least put it in a smaller bottle? 240 capsules are 240 capsules, no matter what size the bottle is.

This has been an ongoing challenge with our bonus bottles. With Canadian label standards it has been difficult to get all the required print on our labels in both English and French while keeping the font large enough that it can be easily read. Also, this is a bonus bottle size which required us to use a larger bottle than the 120's so that there would be no confusion on the shelves at retail level. We have used smaller bottles in the past and have received feedback that the writing was too small and hard to read. We try our best to put our products in the smallest bottle possible in an effort to be mindful of the environment, and we do use recyclable plastic. 

Do all of your products have an NPN?

Yes, all of our products have been issued a Natural Product Number (NPN) by Health Canada – these numbers do appear on our labels.  Further Natural Health Product criteria and information can be found on the Health Canada website www.hc-sc.gc.ca  Under the Food and Drugs Act items that are considered a food – for example, our protein powders and herbal teas – do not require an NPN. 

Are your capsules GMO free?

Yes, our vegetarian capsule shells, our gelatin capsule shells and our softgel shells are all non-GMO.

Are your products GMO free?

Preferred Nutrition is currently in the process of testing all of our products so that we can advise the public if any of them contain ingredients that come from genetically modified organisms or not.  Once the testing is complete we will indicate on our website, as well as on our product information sheets and on our labels.  This will be done as quickly as possible and on a product-by-product basis.

Why have your cautions and your recommended/suggested usages changed so dramatically on many of your labels?

The changes you are noticing to our suggested usage and cautionary statements have been at the directive of Health Canada.  There have been many regulatory changes with regards to Natural Health Products causing companies to change their labels accordingly.  We update our website, product information sheets and labels on the actual products to reflect these regulations as quickly as we possibly can.  Health Canada and the industry representing natural health products act according to the interest of consumers and their safety.  As a result, if there is any concern with an existing condition, a caution is added to advise the consumer to seek out feedback from their Health Care professional. 

Will this product help me lose weight?

There is no such thing as a "magic" pill or product - the only way to succeed (and maintain) true weight loss is by adopting a healthy lifestyle combining adequate exercise and proper nutrition. If you are concerned about poor eating habits or cravings, then we recommend you seek advice from a Nutritionist or Naturopath to obtain some guidance on healthy eating, as well as to investigate possible underlying (or undiagnosed) hormonal imbalances, which can make it harder to lose weight.  You might also want to consider speaking with a personal trainer to help you discover a fun fitness program that you enjoy - because, no matter what, in order to achieve and maintain any type of weight loss, exercise is required.  Our vitamins and supplements are designed to help you in your quest to a daily, healthy lifestyle, however it also requires effort on your part.

Where do you source your products from? 

Please be advised that all of our ingredients, including flavourings, are derived from natural ingredients and are ISURA tested & certified (in order to ensure the absence of GMOs, contaminants, heavy metals and adulteration).  All of our products are manufactured at a GMP facility certified by Health Canada.  All raw materials come in and are tested for purity, safety and potency.  If they do not meet our standards they are rejected and sent back or destroyed.  We use the highest quality ingredients available, and choose organic whenever we can.  Many of our products contain proprietary patented ingredients that have been clinically researched to help deliver optimal results and outstanding quality.

Are your products peanut free?

Following compliance with food regulations, in order to make a negative claim such as "peanut free", it would be necessary to insure a zero tolerance of any peanut traces, including the possibility of cross contamination.  Although our manufacturing facility has a policy in place for allergen control, there is no specific policy for peanuts, nor is there a specific "no peanut agreement" with our raw material suppliers.

Can your products be used after the expiry date has passed?

Supplements generally keep their potency long after the expiry date.  There is certainly no safety issues with consuming after the expiry date has passed however the potency degrades over longer periods of time.

If a product does not specify "vegetarian capsule", then what is it made from?

These capsules are gelatin capsules sourced from either pork or beef.

Are any of your products "vegan-friendly"?

Yes, AdrenaSense, EstroSense, MenoSense, BioSil, Medi-C Plus, Magnesium and MagSense (from our WomenSense and Preferred Nutrition product lines), the Healing Teas, our Ultimate Maca Energy products and the Ultimate VEGAN line are all vegan friendly.

Why can't I find any prices on your website?

Preferred Nutrition is the wholesale distribution company for the products on this website. However we sell exclusively to Health Food stores & selected Natural Pharmacies across Canada, not directly to the general public.  Because the prices of our products can vary from store-to-store, we are unable to list our suggested prices on our website.  We recommend you contact your local retailer and inquire about prices directly with them.

Can I purchase products directly from you?  I went to a health food store and the prices seem very expensive.

We distribute our products in Canada only and we sell directly to Health Food stores - since they have a personal commitment to the natural health lifestyle.  Consumers are then able to buy our products from knowledgeable staff that are genuinely interested in helping people be well - people who care!  Always be sure to look for in store promotions or coupons when you are making your purchases as this can help alleviate your cost concerns.

Do all health food stores carry all of your products?

To find Health Food stores in your area that carry our products, please click on "Store Locator" at the top of this screen.  All you have to do is enter your postal code and you will be given a list of retailers in the radius that you choose. We do recommend calling ahead to see if they stock the item you are looking for and in most cases if a store does not normally carry something, they will offer to do a special order for you.

Are any of your products tested on animals?

No, there is no animal testing on any of our products.

Should your supplements be taken with or without food?

Most of our products will specify directly on the bottle whether they should be taken with a meal or not.  If nothing is stated, then the choice is yours as to when the best time is for you to take them.  In general, however, most vitamin supplements should be taken with food because once eating starts the digestive process, enzymes and gastric juices are generated and usually the nutrients will be absorbed and assimilated better.

I like the sound of many of your products.  Am I able to take different formulas at the same time?

Yes, it's safe to combine various WomenSense products to help support the body in achieving optimal health.  The same applies to the Preferred Nutrition line, Dr. Whitaker's formulas and Brad King's.  If you are unsure of any combination, then please consult your Health Care Practitioner.

I have heard that drinking green tea along with my supplements will end up flushing out all the nutrients?  Is this true?

No, you are fine taking your supplements with green tea.  Coffee inhibits the absorption of nutrients, but the caffeine in green tea will not pose the same problem.

Can you tell me if I can combine any of your supplements with the medication(s) I am on, as prescribed by my doctor?

It is best to consult your Doctor or alternative Health Practitioner before taking any new supplements while on prescribed medication.  If you have been approved to add our supplement(s) to your daily regime, then we do recommend that you space the medication and the supplements out by at least one hour.

I understand that you put a recommended dosage on your labels, but I can take more or less than that, right?  And, really, do I have to take the product every day?

With regards to the recommended dosage, we would suggest you speak to your Doctor or Health Care Practitioner before increasing any amounts.  As with any supplement you can determine your amount based on your personal preference - if you find that a product works for you immediately then you should be fine to take it just on the days you feel you need it, but again we suggest you discuss this with you MD or HP.  Some consumers find that a product needs to be in their system for a few days to a few weeks before they notice results and/or feel the full benefits. 

I bought a bottle of your product, and although it seemed to feel lighter than usual, I didn't think much of it, until I opened the bottle and discovered that there is nowhere near the amount of capsules inside as there should have been.  How can this happen?

As part of our corporate policy and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirement, our procedures incorporate routine in-process checks plus a final examination of the finished product to ensure conformance to all aspects of quality, including correct product count.  There are a number of checks and balances performed by both Production and Quality Assurance personnel prior to, during, and after the packaging operations to ensure that product under-counts do not happen. Although product under-counts can happen, this occurrence is rare.  Should you discover that your bottle is far below the label claim count upon opening - we recommend you return it to your point of purchase as per our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

What is your 100% money-back (customer satisfaction) guarantee?

Our 100% money-back/customer satisfaction guarantee ensures that if a customer is not completely satisfied with their purchase, they can return the unused portion of the product (in its original packaging) back to their point of purchase and we will credit the Health Food store 100% of their purchase price from us.  We cannot dictate if a store will give cash back or an in-store credit, nor can we override store policies already in place ~ but we do promise to credit them, regardless of the reason for the return.

Dong Quai:
Though a study on dong quai alone was not been positive (1), dong quai has shown positive results in herbal combinations. It has been studied in combination with chamomile. In a placebo-controlled study, while there was no change in hormones, menopausal women had a 90% decrease in daytime hot flashes and a 96% decrease in nighttime hot flashes on the herbal combination but only a 15-25% decrease on the placebo. All the women who took the herbs had moderate to maximum decrease in hot flash intensity; 75% reported decreases in intensity of 80-100% (2).

Black Cohosh:
Several studies have shown black cohosh to be superior to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) (3,4). Black cohosh has beaten both estrogen and valium on the Kupperman menopausal index in double-blind research, including being better for the psychological symptoms of depression and anxiety (5). In another double-blind study, black cohosh reduced hot flashes from five to one a day versus five to 3.5 for estrogen. And while estrogen provided little benefit for vaginal atrophy, or thinning of the vaginal lining, black cohosh improved it dramatically (6). Other double-blind research demonstrating the ability of black cohosh to significantly improve menopausal symptoms has also demonstrated significant benefit for vaginal atrophy (7). Other double-blind research has shown black cohosh to be as good as estrogen for reducing the symptoms of menopause with advantages on changes in cholesterol levels (8).

Black cohosh is also better than HRT for bones. Both are effective at preventing bone degeneration, but only the black cohosh can increase bone formation. A double-blind study found black cohosh to be the equal of estrogen for treating menopausal symptoms without the dangerous estrogenic effects. But while markers of bone degeneration decreased in both groups, markers for bone formation increased only in the black cohosh group (9). A second study also found that black cohosh increases osteoblasts that are responsible for bone formation (10).

 

Combination Formula:
A combination formula including dong quai, chastetree berry and black cohosh in addition to red clover, milk thistle and American ginseng has been studied in double-blind, placebo-controlled research. By three months, there was a 73% reduction in hot flashes in the herb group versus 38% in the placebo group and a 69% reduction in night sweats in the herb group versus 29% in the placebo group. Hot flash intensity went down by 80% in the herb group but by only 35% in the placebo group. Sleep quality also improved significantly. Hot flashes were completely eliminated in 47% of the herb group versus only 19% in the placebo group. There were no changes in hormones (11).

Gamma-Oryzanol:
Gamma-oryzanol has been shown to reduce menopausal symptoms (12). 85% of women experience improvements of menopausal symptoms on 300mg a day of gamma-oryzanol (13).

Hesperidin:
In one study, 53% of menopausal women given a combination of hesperidin and vitamin C had their hot flashes resolved and 34% had them reduced (14).

References:

  1. Hirata JD, Swiersz LM, Zell B, et al. Does dong quai have estrogenic effects in postmenopausal women? A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Fertility & Sterility 1997;68:981-6.
  2. Kupfersztain C, Rotem C, Fagot R, et al. The immediate effect of natural plant extract, Angelica sinensis and Matricaria chamomilla (Climex) for the treatment of hot flushes during menopause: A preliminary report. Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 2003;30:203-06.
  3. Stoltz H. An alternative to treat menopausal complaints. Gynecology 1982;1:14-16.
  4. Wuttke W, Rauš K, Gorkow C. Efficacy and tolerability of the black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) ethanolic extract BNO 1055 on climacteric complaints: a double-blind, placebo- and conjugated estrogens-controlled study. Maturitas. 2006;55:S83-S91.
  5. Warnecke G. Influencing menopausal symptoms with a phytotherapeutic agent. Successful therapy with Cimicifuga mono-extract. Med Welt 1985;36:871-74.
  6. Stoll W. Phytopharmacon influences atrophic vaginal epithelium: double-blind study-Cimicifuga vs. estrogenic substances. Therapeutikon 1987;1:23-31.
  7. Düker E, Kopanski L, Jarry H, et al. Effects of extracts from Cimicifuga racemosa on gonadotropin release in menopausal women and ovariectomized rats. Planta Med 1991;57:420-24.
  8. Nappi RE, Malavasi B, Brundu B, et al. Efficacy of Cimicifuga racemosa on climacteric complaints: A randomized study versus low-dose transdermal estradiol. Gynecol Endocrinol 2005;20:30-5.
  9. Wuttke W, Seidlova-Wuttke D, Gorkow C. The Cimicifuga preparation BNO 1055 vs. conjugated estrogens in a double-blind placebo-controlled study: effects on menopause symptoms and bone markers. Maturitas 2003;44:S67-S77.
  10. Wuttke W, Gorkow C, Seildova-Wuttke D. Effects of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) on bone turnover, vaginal mucosa, and various blood parameters in postmenopausal women: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, and conjugated estrogens-controlled study. Menopause 2006;13:185-196.
  11. Rotem C, Kaplan B. Phyto-Female Complex for the relief of hot flushes, night sweats and quality of sleep: randomized, controlled, double-blind pilot study. Gynecol Endocrinol 2007;23:117-22.
  12. Murase Y, Iishima H. Clinical studies of oral administration of gamma-oryzanol on climacteric complaints and its syndrome. Obstet Gynecol Prac 1963;12:147-9.
  13. Ishihara M. Effect of gamma-oryzanol on serum lipid peroxide levels and climacteric disturbances. Asia Oceania J Obstet Gynecol 1984;10:317-23.
  14. CJ Smith. Non-hormonal control of vaso-motor flushing in menopausal patients. Chicago Med 1964;67:193-5.

 

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