We usually associate pollen with hay fever, but did you know that pollen can be used to treat menopausal symptoms?

For years, taking bee pollen has been promoted by health enthusiast. Unfortunately, pollen is in a fibrous capsule that is not easily broken down, so we may take it and then pass it largely undigested and unused by our bodies.

Fortunately, technology has solved this problem and has given us Relizen.

Relizen is a Swedish pollen extract that has been used in Europe for 15 years. It is available in the United States without an prescription. It is not hormonal in any way. The manufacturing process has removed that allergic portion of the pollen so it won’t make you sneeze! Patient’s report a significant  improvement in hot flashes and night sweats after 3 months of use. Over 80% choose to continue to take Relizen. Learn more at   https://www.relizen.com

So often, cancer survivors are seeking non- hormonal solutions to their symptoms. Many are appropriately wary of taking supplements that might interfere with medications, like Tamoxifen. I’m delighted to be able to offer up a non- hormonal option where this drug – supplement interaction has been studied and has been found to be safe.  Dr. Goldstein et al researched Relizen’s safety with Tamoxifen use and published his findings in the Journal Menopause in 2015.  If you would like a more in depth look at the research, I have provided the references in the resources page. 

Overall, I think Relizen is a great solution for those who are looking for symptom relief without hormones or phyto-estrogens. It’s important to keep in mind that this product takes some time to work. Patient’s start reporting symptom improvement at 2 months, but continue to have improvements after 3 and 6 month of use.