|Posted on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 5:18 pm: || |
Has anyone tried Amberen? It is a 100% natural product that helps abate pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms and rebalances the hormones. I googled it after I went to their website searching for any additional info and found a site that reported it is a good product, however there seems to be one caveat:
"There are some reports of mild side effects such as headaches and itching caused by a small percentage of MSG inside Amberen. While it's function acts as a neurotransmitter for the treatment, some people with really high MSG sensitivity can be affected".
With that, I am hardpressed to take the risk, but thought I'd put this out there to see if anyone here has tried it with or without reactions.
|Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 - 12:55 pm: || |
Be careful, Melinda. Most of these natural preparations for menopause symptoms contain soybean extracts, which are high in glutamate. Some extracts are better than others, meaning most or all of the amino acid residues are removed, as in some of the pharmaceutical preparations, although I'm not suggesting those as an alternative.
|Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 - 8:14 pm: || |
Thanks Deb. I don't think this is something I am going to try afterall - just found out that MSG is listed as the second ingredient! I knew it was in there but it looks like it is practically a main ingredient. I am surprised more people aren't having problems with it, though many have reported getting headaches.
I think I'll deal with my hormonal and thyroid imbalances with homeopathy - seems the most safe method for me.
|Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 - 8:30 pm: || |
Oh and just to add....there is a site that has a comments area to review the "good and bad" of this product. I am not sure if the author has any type of stake in the company or just someone who has tried the product but there are a few posts about the MSG. The author sent a dispute type of response with links and quotes from Wikipedia, and the National Academies Press, as well as from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism all testifying that MSG is basically benign and not toxic.
She wrote about a study they did on a group of men and gave them large doses of MSG and none had any adverse reactions. How does that possibly cover the masses? It doesn't of course - we all know that, but it's frustrating when people pull out these studies and articles when we all know it really is a neurotoxin.
I really want to post on there articles or data that dispute what she put on there but not sure the best ones to post so if you know or it's on here, point me in the direction and I just might do it