Can Supplements Ease Menopause Symptoms?

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St. John's wort

What it is: A yellow-flowered plant, Hypericum perforatum.

The evidence: St. John’s wort can help treat mild depression, but its effect on other symptoms of menopause—such as sleep problems—isn’t proven. One three-month study did show that compared to a placebo group, perimenopausal women taking St. John’s wort experienced a better quality of life as well as fewer sleep problems.

The bottom line: Although St. John’s wort is a proven remedy in mild depression, more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness in treating other menopause symptoms.

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