B-Vitamins Are Your Friend
B-vitamins are essential to everyone’s health but perimenopausal women have a greater need for them. There are many secondary conditions that can arise while going through perimenopause ( meaning “around the time of menopause”) and b-vitamins can help manage symptoms effectively.
Adrenal fatigue, for example, is a common secondary condition for many women going through perimenopause. B-vitamins support healthy adrenal function, along with calming and maintaining a healthy nervous system. Many women also suffer with mood swings during perimenopause. Both B12 and B6 vitamins aid in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, a key brain chemical needed to stabilize moods and promote feelings of wellness and contentment.
So where do I get more B-vitamins?
Dairy, eggs, meat, poultry, and shellfish are some of the most potent food sources for vitamin B12. B6 can be found in vegetables such as carrots, spinach, peas, potatoes, and also milk. For the remaining B-vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B7 and B9), a diet which includes a balance of foods, is enough to insure that you are receiving adequate amounts of these life affirming and necessary vitamins.
Oatmeal, for example, is an excellent source of vitamin B1. While milk products can supply adequate amounts of vitamin B2, chicken, tuna, or veal can supply vitamin B3. B7 is found in egg yolks and broccoli; spinach, asparagus, and bananas are excellent sources of B9.