"Alternative therapies can help some women cope with menopause," says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. "However, not every product can be expected to work. And it is difficult, if not impossible, to really know what's in a product and make meaningful comparisons without laboratory testing." With soy products, for example, as much as half of the "isoflavones" listed on the label are actually just sugar molecules that are naturally linked to the phytoestrogens. Experts at ConsumerLab.com, such as pharmacognosist, William Obermeyer, Ph.D., calculated the amounts of "active" isoflavones in each product, making it possible for consumers to compare products to one another and to clinical standards.
The Menopause Supplements and Creams Review is available online at ConsumerLab.com. Brands included are Balance Progesterone Naturally, Bluebonnet, CVS Pharmacy Menopause Support, Emerita Pro-Gest, Estroven, GNC Women's Menopause Formula, Healthy Woman Soy Menopause Supplement, Life-flo Progest-Care, Metagenics SpectraSoy, Nature Made Soy Balance, Nature's Answer Soy and Red Clover Isoflavones, Nature's Bounty Non-GMO Soy Isoflavones, Nature's Way Black Cohosh, New Chapter Estrotone, Nutrilite Black Cohosh and Soy, One a Day Menopause Formula, Oöna for Menopause, Promensil Menopause, Puritan's Pride Non-GMO Soy Isoflavones, Spring Valley (Walmart) Natural Black Cohosh, Spring Valley (Walmart) Soy Isoflavones, Vitamin Shoppe Especially for Women, and Vitamin World Non-GMO Soy Isoflavones. Thirteen of these products were selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com. Eight others are included for having passed the same evaluation in ConsumerLab.com's Voluntary Certification Program. The report also includes two products similar to those tested but sold under different brand names.
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