June 29, 2003
For Heavy Bleeding and Anemia
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on the vitamin and recommended dosages.
A. Necessary for the healthy production of red blood cells.
In one study of 71 women with excessive bleeding, researchers found
the women had significantly lower blood levels of vitamin A than
women without heavy bleeding. Beta-carotene is the safer form of
The 11 vitamins in this complex are essential for regulating estrogen
levels throughout the body and insuring healthy liver function,
which can help with heavy bleeding. They’re also necessary to prevent
and reverse anemia. You lose more of them when you’re under emotional
stress, which can make your fatigue even worse. Without enough folic
acid, for instance, red blood cells don’t mature properly; they
become large and irregularly shaped. Like folic acid, B12 deficiency
causes growth and development problems of red blood cells. Since
B12 is found primarily in meat, vegetarians may be at risk of developing
a B12 deficiency. A lack of B12 causes symptoms such as shooting
pains, pins-and-needles, or hot-and-cold sensations in the extremities,
as well as numbness, stiffness, and difficulty walking. It may also
cause mental disturbances similar to psychosis, as well as memory
defects and mental slowness.
C. This vitamin increase the amount of iron you absorb from
vegetable sources such as bran, peas, seeds, nuts, and leafy green
vegetables, which can help prevent iron deficiency anemia. Along
with bioflavonoids, it can also help relieve heavy menstrual bleeding
by strengthening capillaries.
These vitamin-like substances work similarly in your body to estrogen,
and can be used as an estrogen substitute to restore estrogen/progesterone
equilibrium. They also help reduce heavy menstrual bleeding by strengthening
E. This vitamin can also act as a weak estrogen substitute,
nudging the estrogen-progesterone ratio towards progesterone and
assisting with normal ovulation. Thus, it helps women who have heavy
menstrual bleeding due to excess estrogen. It can also increase
red blood cell survival, helping prevent anemia.
Minerals for Heavy Bleeding and
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