Pros & Cons
60+ years on the market
Product of Germany
- M-F 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST
Effectiveness 4 of 5
Wide array of positive reviews on Amazon (700+ in total)
Extensive clinical research showing Remifemin® standardized black cohosh extract reduces menopausal symptoms
/ Effective for those going through the menopausal transition. Results will vary.
Safety 3 of 5
Contains NO common allergens (soy, gluten, propylene glycol, hormones, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives)
Studies showing long-term use of black cohosh could lead to liver damage
Company does not list any side effects, but advises against its use by those with liver disease
Not recommended for women who are trying to get pregnant, pregnant, nursing, or those with known or suspected estrogen-dependent cancers
Cost-benefit 4 of 5
Health company that's been in business for more than half a century
Price around $20 for 2-month supply (via Amazon)
/ Good cost benefit: considering price, customer reviews, and overall product quality (caution with side effects)
Score: 3.7 out of 5.0
Remifemin® - the brand name of the black cohosh extract manufactured in Germany - was first introduced in 1956 for menopause symptoms. It one of the longest marketed menopause supplement I have yet to come across. However, there are some major safety concerns and side effects associated with the long-term use of black cohosh. Instead of using a supplement that introduces phytoestrogens into the body, I would prefer to see one that works with endogenous hormone production. Moreover, although they have no money-back guarantee, customer loyalty and the strength of reviews of Remifemin® seemingly make this supplement a solid option for relieving symptoms. Also, at just $10 a month, the cost is hard to beat.
Visit the Remifemin® Menopause Relief webpage for further details here: www.remifemin.com
My Tips for Improvement:
- Include info on HOW the supplement works in the body within product websites
- Offer money-back guarantee despite low cost
- Company should mention side effects more clearly
Remifemin Menopause Relief Quick Fact Sheet
Remifemin® Menopause Relief Ingredients
Main: Black cohosh extract
Other: Lactose, cellulose, potato starch, magnesium stearate, natural peppermint flavor
How Remifemin® Menopause Relief Works
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, black cohosh contains phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens) that occupy estrogen hormone receptors in the body. In this way, the black cohosh helps raise endogenous estrogen levels to relieve menopausal symptoms caused by the hormone's dramatic drop throughout the menopausal transition.
Take one tablet in the morning and one tablet in the evening with water. Women are recommended to take Remifemin® for at least eight weeks before deciding if it works, but noticeable results may not occur until up to 12 weeks of use. Consult with a doctor before use if you are already taking prescription drugs or have a liver disorder. Also, if you develop symptoms of liver trouble, such as abdominal pain, dark urine, or jaundice, discontinue use immediately.
Side Effects of Remifemin® Menopause Relief
Remifemin®'s website does not claim any side effects of the Menopause Relief supplement. However, according to the UK's Cancer Research site, common side effects of black cohosh (the main ingredient) include stomach pain, skin rashes, and feelings of sickness. Overdosing can cause headaches, slowed heart rate, uterine contractions, joint pain, lightheadedness, and low blood pressure.
Where to Buy Remifemin® Menopause Relief
Remifemin® Menopause Relief is available for purchase from a variety of stores and pharmacies, such as Walmart, Walgreens, the Vitamin Shoppe, and Vitacost, among others. Use the store locator on the Remifemin® website (http://www.remifemin.com). It is also available through Amazon and the distributor's website: https://www.enzymatictherapy.com/Home.aspx.
By Anita Myers, Expert Reviewer | Updated Feb 19, 2018
I am truly passionate about helping others find the path to better health, wellness, and spirituality through yoga. I blog at Anita's Wellness Journey.
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