Monthly Archives: October 2023

elénzia MENOPAUSE™ – The Data

This in-depth analysis of clinical research data served as the cornerstone for developing elénzia MENOPAUSE™. It involves a fusion of cutting-edge scientific advancements with a profound comprehension of women’s health needs during this crucial stage. The formulation integrates a unique blend of natural compounds, carefully selected and balanced, aiming to alleviate symptoms and support the overall wellbeing of women during all stages of menopause.

Spearmint Polyphenol Extract – Brain Function, Memory & Focus

The decline in oestrogen levels during menopause directly impacts women’s brain health, affecting aspects such as working memory and focus, as oestrogen plays a crucial role in both ovary and brain function.

elénzia medical nutritionists have researched ingredients for proven efficacy and have selected the polyphenol composition from a specific  Spearmint Polyphenol extract that is clinically proven to improve cognitive function and support adult working memory.


Sage Leaf Extract – Hot Flashes

During menopause, the decrease in oestrogen levels leads to the occurrence of hot flashes, as oestrogen fluctuation influences the body’s temperature regulation mechanism.

An extract from Sage Leaf (Salvia Officinalis L.) has been shown to improve cognitive performance within an hour. Sage increases neurotransmitter levels, including monoamines like dopamine and serotonin, which increase thermoregulation in menopausal women.


Vitamin D and K2-7 – Bones, Joints and Teeth

Menopause affects bone and joint health by increasing osteoporosis risk due to reduced oestrogen levels. This decrease can cause osteopenia (reduced bone mass) and potentially lead to increased fracture susceptibility and overall bone weakness, impacting joint health.

Vitamin D and K2-7 are essential for building strong bones and teeth, promoting calcium absorption and utilisation, maintaining blood calcium levels, promoting healthy bone formation, and preserving muscular function.


Collagen Peptides – Skin Structure

The reduction in collagen production as we age, coupled with decreased skin hydration, particularly in hyaluronic acid levels, hampers the body’s ability to repair damaged skin, leading to noticeable skin changes and aging.

Collagen is a protein that fuses the structural connective tissue throughout the body, from the skin to bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.


Lemon Verbena Extract – Sleep Quality

The declining levels of oestrogen and progesterone during menopause often prompt lifestyle changes, particularly impacting sleep patterns. Decreasing progesterone, a hormone associated with sleep, may cause difficulty falling and staying asleep.

Lemon Verbena is a botanical rich in phenylpropanoids and flavones, which when extracted, have been scientifically proven to alleviate insomnia and anxiety symptoms.

At 400mg, Lemon Verbena extract enhances sleep quality and reduces anxiety by lowering cortisol levels, resulting in fewer interruptions, longer sleep time and REM.


In conclusion, elénzia MENOPAUSE™ stands at the intersection of scientific innovation and a deep understanding of women’s health needs during the critical stages of menopause. This meticulously formulated product, enriched with Spearmint Polyphenol extract for brain function, Sage Leaf extract for hot flashes, Vitamin D and K2-7 for bone and joint health, Collagen Peptides for skin structure, and Lemon Verbena extract for improved sleep quality, offers comprehensive support to help women navigate the diverse challenges that come with this transformative phase of life.

With a holistic approach to wellbeing, elénzia MENOPAUSE™ strives to empower women and enhance their overall quality of life during menopause and beyond.

Oaty Nuts & Seeds Flapjack Recipe

Life is a beautiful journey, filled with transitions that shape us, and menopause is one such chapter. We understand that it can bring many changes, some less pleasant than others. But you can ease this transition and nurture your overall health and well-being through diet.

At its core, we believe a wholesome diet is a cornerstone of a healthier, happier you. It’s not about finding a cure-all for menopause, but it’s a great place to begin. Moreover, the food you consume during menopause can help reduce the long-term effects of decreasing estrogen levels, like the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

Discover our Oaty Nuts & Seeds Flapjack recipe to support your health and wellness during menopause and beyond.


Oats are a nutritious food source rich in protein, fibre, and slow-release energy, providing a satisfying snack, reducing cholesterol, and enhancing blood sugar control. 

Medjool dates are a rich source of essential nutrients like dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and antioxidants. They are low in fat and cholesterol-free, with potassium aiding blood pressure regulation and heart health. Medjool dates also contain minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are crucial for bone health and osteoporosis prevention. 

Seeds are a rich source of B complex vitamins, essential for a healthy nervous system, and a source of fibre, protein, and healthy fats, which can help reduce blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure. 

Cinnamon, a delicious and antioxidant-rich ingredient, can help lower blood sugar levels and reduce the body’s inflammatory response.

Walnuts are a nutritious food rich in essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They are high in copper, folate, phosphorus, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin E, protecting the body from free radical build-up. Walnuts promote satiety, maintain weight, and fight stress, anxiety, and depression. 


oaty flapjack recipe

  • 100g pitted medjool dates 
  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 50g walnut halves 
  • 50g peanut butter 
  • 200g porridge oats 
  • 50g mixed seeds
  • pinch of sea salt 
  • 50g berries (optional) 

Step 1: Line a 20 x 20cm square tin with parchment. Roughly chop the dates and cover with 100ml boiling water. Leave to soak for 10 mins.

Step 2: Put the banana in a bowl, mash with a fork, then stir in the cinnamon, vanilla, a pinch of sea salt and the soaked dates along with their liquid. 

Step 3: Tip the mixture into a food processor with half of the pecans and walnuts and 100g of the oats. Pulse until you have a thick paste. Tip into a bowl and combine with most of the remaining nuts, oats and mixed seeds. At this point, you can add your berries to add that boost of flavonoids (optional).

Step 4: Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Press the mixture into the lined tin, top with the remaining nuts and seeds and, bake for 20-25 mins until golden and firm. Leave to cool completely before cutting into nine squares. 

Understanding Menopause

Menopause is a natural journey that all women experience, consisting of three phases: perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause. This complex process, closely linked to the essential female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone, plays a vital role in maintaining women’s health throughout their lives. Changes typically begin to manifest themselves around the ages of 45 to 50. During this transformative process, 75% of women are affected with menopause symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

Oestrogen, for instance, is responsible for preparing the eggs for ovulation, while progesterone maintains the lining of the uterus for potential fertilised eggs. However, during menopause, these hormones can become out of sync, disrupting this delicate balance. It’s worth noting that the impact of these hormones goes beyond just the menstrual cycle, influencing various aspects of a woman’s well-being. The symptoms experienced during each stage of menopause reflect the intricate interplay between oestrogen and progesterone in our bodies.

Embracing the support of loved ones and understanding the nuances of menopause can help you navigate this period with care and compassion.


Perimenopause is the first stage in the menopause journey, marked by hormonal shifts, specifically the decrease in oestrogen – the primary female hormone produced by your ovaries. This transition often brings irregular periods and a host of other symptoms, which can profoundly impact your daily life. These symptoms can vary in their intensity and duration. For some, perimenopause may be a few months of manageable changes, while for others, it can extend to as long as four years, bringing a diverse range of experiences.

Here’s a breakdown of what you might encounter:

Physical symptoms – hot flushes, joint and muscle pains, and fatigue.

Cognitive and emotional challenges – brain fog, low mood and anxiety.

Sexual and reproductive changes – discomfort, vaginal dryness and low sex drive.

Sleep disruption – broken sleep (often triggered by night sweats).

The Menopause

Menopause is a significant life transition, marking the end of monthly menstruation when the decline in the ovarian follicular function prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs for fertilisation. The timing of this transition varies throughout a woman’s reproductive journey, but, on average, natural menopause occurs between 45 and 55. It’s officially recognised when a woman has gone through 12 consecutive months without menstruation.

We understand that menopause isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Some women may face premature menopause before 40 due to chromosomal abnormalities or autoimmune disorders. In other cases, menopause can be induced through surgical procedures or medical interventions, like radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

As women age, oestrogen levels fluctuate, leading to menopausal symptoms usually settling within 3-5 years.

In addition to continued perimenopausal symptoms, let’s look at the impact menopause has on the body:

Bone health – menopause can lead to osteopenia, a minor reduction in bone mass, and osteoporosis, a more severe reduction associated with fractures. Regular calcium and vitamin D, through diet and supplements, is essential for maintaining strong bones.

Cardiovascular health – Increased risk of heart disease is due to decreased oestrogen levels, changes in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and alterations in vascular function and blood clotting factors. Physical activity, blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring are perfect for maintaining cardiovascular health.

Mental health – hormonal changes, particularly in oestrogen levels, play a role in psychological alterations, including mood swings, anxiety and depression. These can be managed effectively through lifestyle changes, psychological therapy, medication and meditation.

Hot flushes – As many as 8 in 10 menopausal women feel sudden sensations of heat, sweating, anxiety, skin reddening, palpitations, and chills. Try to maintain a healthy weight and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods.

You can learn more about each of the 48 symptoms of menopause identified by Gen M here.


Entering post-menopause, your reproductive years have gracefully transitioned into a new chapter. Ovulation becomes a thing of the past, and the menopausal symptoms that may have accompanied you through perimenopause and menopause often start to recede or even vanish entirely. It’s essential to recognise that during post-menopause, your well-being can be impacted by health conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease. Supplementing with elénzia RESTORE can help with lubricating the joints for increased mobility. It’s a time when self-care and health maintenance take centre stage. For some, menopause symptoms may continue for an extended period, extending over a decade or more.

If you find that your symptoms worsen or start interfering with your daily activities and well-being, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. They can help you explore and rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms. Your health and comfort are paramount, and there is support available to ensure you navigate this phase of life with care, understanding, and the right resources.

gen m x elenzia menopause partner

Menopause Awareness: Joining Forces for Change

As we head into Menopause Awareness Month 2023, let’s stand together and take a closer look at this transformative life stage by shedding light on the resources available to enhance the wellbeing of those experiencing each stage of menopause.

How do we define Menopause?

Well, it’s a natural part of ageing that has historically been severely overlooked. The menopause affects all women, and it can also affect some trans and non-binary individuals. It is when a person’s menstrual cycles stop, and it typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. It is accompanied by various physical and emotional symptoms due to hormonal changes. Symptoms ranging from memory lapses to hot flashes can vary greatly, making it a distinctive experience for each person.  

Advocacy and Education is Vital

One key issue that resulted from menopause previously being a taboo topic is a lack of education. In 2021, researchers at the University College London (UCL) found that shockingly over 90% of postmenopausal women had received no formal education about menopause at school. The majority of women only began seeking information when they started experiencing symptoms, and worryingly 49% of participants felt inadequately informed. The study, published in Post Reproductive Health, gathered data from 829 postmenopausal women through an online survey conducted in 2021.  

To tackle this issue, UCL researchers have collaborated with leading women’s health charities to develop plans for the UK’s first menopause education programme. The concerning results emphasised the need for accessible and evidence-based education on the topic, which is why UCL academics have taken the initiative to develop a menopause education programme in the UK. 

Advocacy for menopausal women in the workplace is also critical. According to research, menopausal symptoms lead one in four women to contemplate leaving their jobs, while many others opt to reduce their working hours or decline promotions. The UK Government recognised this and has appointed the first Menopause Employment Champion to improve workplace support.  

Gen M, Leading the Menopause Revolution

An organisation taking charge of supporting menopausal women is Gen M – a brand-led movement aimed at enhancing the menopause experience for consumers and employees alike. Their objectives encompass raising awareness about the 48 symptoms, understanding their effects, and endorsing products and services to aid the 15.5 million menopausal women in the UK. They champion better representation of menopausal women in brand campaigns, emphasise the need to break the taboo and inspire other brands to participate in this positive change. 

Recently, the Invisibility Report echoed the UCL findings and found that women feel unprepared, unsupported, and overlooked by society and brands. There is a need for better education, awareness and open discussion to improve the menopausal experience. 

Through their impactful educational campaigns and collaborative efforts with businesses, Gen M is dedicated to making lasting improvements in the experience of menopause. We at elénzia are thrilled to announce our partnership with Gen M and pledge our commitment to enhancing everyone’s menopause journey. 

Look out for our social media as we spotlight menopause throughout the month!

Mindful Choices for a Healthier Brain

In recent years, there has been a noticeable surge in the popularity of practices that benefit our mental and physical health such as Mindfulness, Yoga, Pilates and Meditation.

Do you want to try out meditation?

(TIP: the NHS have a helpful guide that helps you take the first steps toward mastering meditation) 

These types of practices can help with: 

  • reducing stress  
  • managing anxiety 
  • enhancing concentration 
  • elevating mood 
  • increasing self-awareness 
  • improving physical health 
  • improving sleep quality 

It’s key to remember that in order to reach our full potential, we must also nourish our minds. Our diet is an integral component of supporting mental acuity and wellbeing. For example, key nutrients like B vitamins play vital roles in cognitive function. They support concentration, mood regulation, and stress resilience by aiding neurotransmitter production.

Deficiencies can lead to brain fog and fatigue. Brain fog has no official definition and is commonly used to encompass a variety of symptoms, such as difficulty concentrating, a lack of mental clarity, slower reaction times and struggles associated with short-term memory. To alleviate brain fog, adopting a healthy lifestyle is crucial. 

The pursuit of mental clarity and focus has become vital to our overall wellbeing. Delve into Our 6 Step Wellness Cycle blog post to explore how our science-backed supplements provide holistic support for wellness goals.  

Are you ready to prioritise your brain health? elénzia ENHANCE™ is specifically formulated to improve brain health, focus and mental performance for a clear mind, containing a unique combination of nutrients vital for cognitive function, including 6 essential B vitamins.