Tests reveal what’s really in menopause supplements and creams

Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover) black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone — but it may be difficult to choose the right one because labels usually don’t list amounts of active compounds. ConsumerLab.com recently tested popular menopause products , determined amounts of active compounds, and identified those providing amounts shown to be effective in clinical studies.

The results reveal that amounts of active compounds can vary significantly among products.

In products with soy, for example, amounts of genistein, an isoflavone thought to be key for reducing hot flashes, ranged from just 0.61 mg to 32.1 mg per recommended daily serving.

The test results and quality ratings appear online in ConsumerLab’s new Menopause Supplements Review.

The report covers 12 products selected by ConsumerLab, and four others which passed the same tests in ConsumerLab’s voluntary Quality Certification Program .

Also included are two products similar to one which passed testing but which are sold under different brand names.

The report discusses the evidence for soy and red clover isoflavones, black cohosh and progesterone for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause and which key compounds and doses have been found to be effective in clinical studies.

Information about safety, side-effects and potential drug-interactions is also presented.

The following products are included in the report:

  • Bluebonnet Non-GMO Soy Isoflavones,
  • Emerita Progest Body Cream,
  • Estroven Maximum Strength,
  • Nature’s Bounty Black Cohosh,
  • Nature’s Way Black Cohosh Root,
  • One a Day Menopause Formula,
  • Oona For Menopause,
  • Options Healthy Woman Soy Supplement,
  • Promensil Menopause,
  • Puritan’s Pride Black Cohosh,
  • Remifemin Menopause Relief,
  • Rexall Black Cohosh,
  • Solgar Black Cohosh Root Extract Plus,
  • Source Naturals Natural Progesterone Cream,
  • Spring Valley (Walmart) Soy Isoflavones,
  • Swanson Superior Herbs High-Potency Red Clover Extract,
  • Vitamin World Black Cohosh and
  • Whole Foods Soy Isoflavones.

Founded in 1999, ConsumerLab is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab is available online and provides immediate access to reviews of more than 1,000 products from over 400 brands. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products.

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