Friday, August 17, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
Memory loss in postmenopausal women is a serious but underreported condition. This is mainly due to most medical doctors ignoring other factors that may cause a decline in neurocognitive function other than aging. Take note that while memory decline may occur as you get older, it may also be a result from a decrease in estrogen production.
Recent data reveal that there is a link between hormonal changes, particularly those that occur during peri- and postmenopause, and a decline in verbal memory. Scientists hypothesize that apart from being a “sex” hormone, estrogen plays a vital role in how your brain stores memories and processes information. It is this relationship that contributes to the increased risk postmenopausal women have in experiencing memory loss.
So what can be done to prevent it?
Researchers have found that a traditional Korean herbal complex, known as Dangguijakyak-san (DJS), can be a safe and natural option in preventing memory loss by regulating estrogen production. This must be emphasized: DJS works by managing hormone synthesis and does not directly affect brain function. Its effects, nevertheless, are profound, especially among postmenopausal women.
As part of the study, eight-week-old female mice were housed for one week and then given an ovariectomy (where one or both ovaries are surgically removed) to induce menopause. Following a two-week post-surgery recovery period, these mice were given either DJS (at doses of 50 or 100 mg/kg/day) or 17?-estradiol, an estrogen steroid hormone (at 200 ?g/kg/day), once a day for 21 days.
Brain function of the mice was measured using memory behavioral tests, western blot, and immunohistochemical analyses.
It was found that the DJS treatment promoted estrogen synthesis in primary hippocampal cells and reduced memory impairment.
The results of the study were published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
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Women who pass a certain age will experience menopause. There is no specific age when you will experience this for yourself; some women have it as early as 45 years old, some much later in their late 50s. Regardless, menopause is defined as having no menstrual period for one year. It is the direct result of your body reducing the amount of estrogen you produce.
Many changes will occur, with the most common including hot flushes, weight gain, and vaginal dryness. Menopause also increases your risk of other conditions such as osteoporosis, and as mentioned earlier, memory loss.
You can lessen the severity of these symptoms by speaking with your local health practitioner, particularly one whose focus is on natural medicine.
Read more articles that can help you deal with menopause better at WomensHealth.news.