Black Cohosh and Weight Loss

Hormonal fluctuations during menopause and PMS can critically interfere with weight
loss efforts. I've heard several stories where clients raided the refrigerator
during PMS, and then regret it the next day. For a women, certain times can make or
break weight loss targets. The solution can be found in a natural herb called 'black
cohosh'. This herb has been known for centuries as a powerful natural medicine. The
word 'black' is derived from the colour of the root, and 'cohosh' means 'rough'. The
root contains a rich and powerful array of natural chemicals, some as effective as
the modern pharmaceuticals.

Black Cohosh and Weight Loss

So what does it do? Why is it so effective for women trying to lose weight? There
are several ways that this herb helps women deal with the symptoms of hormonal
change. Black cohosh is especially beneficial for women as it has been known to
reduce menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes. Some claim that it helps ease
menstrual pain and other difficulties, such as premenstrual syndrome.

These beneficial effects enable the user to focus more on weight loss, and minimizes
the tendency to cheat or lose track. The user is more relaxed, mentally focussed and
pain-free. The herb has been shown to be very effective in assisting weight loss in
this indirect manner, in certain women. The effects will vary from one person to
another, but tend to be more pronounced in women with marked hormonal fluctuations.

It works as to reduce inflammation and muscle pain. Since it helps relieve muscle
spasms, it can alleviate menstrual cramps by increasing blood flow to the uterus and
reducing the intensity of uterine contractions. Theoretically, the increase in blood
flow to various muscles in the body ccould increase oxygen delivery to the muscles.

Since fat burns in the presence of oxygen, it may be possible that increases blood
flow leads to more fat burning. This makes it useful during labor and after
childbirth. It has also been shown to act as a mild sedative. Owing to its anti-
inflammatory capabilities, it is useful in treating nerve-related pain such as
sciatica or neuralgia. Generally available in capsule / tablet form, it has also
been distributed as a dried herb and in tea.

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There are several things to keep in mind if you are considering this herb. It may
interfere with hormonal medications (birth control pills or estrogen). Therefore, it
must never be combined with hormone medications. Please consult with your doctor
before you consider it. This means you must never use black cohosh while pregnant or
breast-feeding. High doeses can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, reduced
pulse rate, heavy perspiration, and headache.

Across the United States, black cohosh is a popular remedy for hot flashes, vaginal
dryness, and other menopausal symptoms. It can be taken at any time of the day, but
it is best consumed with meals to minimize the chances of an upset stomach. Many
experts recommend a six-month limit on taking black cohosh, though recent studies
show that longer use seems to be safe and free of significant side effects.

In summary, black cohosh can certainly help in weight loss efforts by aiding women
deal better with the symptoms typically associated with hormone changes.

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