We understand that a lot of people are just here for a quick answer, and so we're sorry to say that we do not recommend Remifemin. It's simplicity betrays it, as there are many incredible supplements out there that just outshine it in every way. Remember how varied menopausal symptoms can really be? How exactly can one tablet with one ingredient really help with all of that?
And as you'd expect there are supplements that contain more of what's in Remifemin (and yes the dose in Remifemin may actually be too low for the ideal range, despite the marketing around the extract), as well as a whole lot more for relatively little extra cost we just can't endorse it.
Remifemin isn't bad per say, it's just containing only one ingredient as Cimicifuga Racemosa extract (Black Cohosh) means it can't really compete against supplements that have come out more recently and offer a far more comprehensive solution.
Black Cohosh, does seem to be OK for hot flashes, but considering there are other issues with menopause, with everything from sleep, mood and more serious long term health requirements (think replacing the probiotics that die off during this period and damage long term vaginal health, or getting extra calcium as it's harder for womens bodies to absorb during menopause to help prevent osteoporosis) we wouldn't recommend this option for anyone dealing with other menopause symptoms or looking to optimize their health. There is also an argument that it's best to take Black Cohosh with appetite stabalizers like 5htp, but we'll discuss this more later.
For most people we tend to recommend Estrocare, which is currently our highest rated menopause supplement that's available. It's actually fairly new to the US market, but it's caught the attention of many people for it's incredibly comprehensive and varied formula, providing you with an answer for anything menopause might through at you with it's 20 fully dosed, clinically proven and natural ingredients including the one one in Remifemin. It's got a host of ingredients for bone and joint pain from menopause, natural mood and sleep aids, and those probiotics, vitamins and minerals you need more of during menopause. It's just a far better option, even if it is $20 a month more, it's more than worth it.
With 4.3* from 4000 Remifemin reviews on Amazon, we’re not
doing to badly, there are some customers who have reported side effects
however, including weight gain from increased appetite (which is why we like to
see black cohosh combined with things like 5HTP to counter balance that, and
yes it does sound like we’re pushing EstroCare a bit hard at this point, but it’s
a valid concern).
Overall most women found that Remifemin does seem to help
with hot flashes, which does also have the added benefit of improved sleep as
was commonly mentioned.
There were no Remifemin better business bureau complaints at time of writing and the Nature’s Way BBB was empty of complaints or reviews. Remifemin is sold under different brands in other markets outside of the US, and reviews generally seem to be consistent with what we saw on amazon.
Around 10% of them complained of side effects, 20% suggested it didn’t help them with around 70% having a positive experience overall. It seems like the Amazon reviews may have had a slightly higher than average response, this is often due to brand managers having a higher engagement rate with offering refunds to remove bad reviews.
As for Remifemin Reddit reviews there were minimal available, although there seemed to be a couple of threads discussing it, with many accounts recommending alternatives. The issue is however, that most of these seemed to be promotional accounts. There wasn’t really enough legitimate discussion to draw any significant conclusions.
Racemosa Extract - The sole ingredient in Remifemin, it has a lot
to live up to in order to compete with it's peers. Well although they may have
decided to list to most scientific name for it as possible, you may actually
recognise this ingredient, as it's also known as Baneberry, Black Snakeroot,
Bug Root, Bugbane, and Black Cohosh, all of which would make for incredible
band names. It's that last one that is most likely to capture your attention,
as you will probably recognise it as an ingredient that was also present in EstroCare.
There’s a bit of a long history with using Black Cohosh for menopause supplements, but that doesn’t n , as well as European settlers using black cohosh as a tonic for women's reproductive health  It's a very well understood therapeutic treatment for menopause, as many studies observe very positive results from it's use. We found one that took 84 women who were in the early stages of menopause and split them into intervention and placebo groups for control. They measured progress using the Greene climacteric scale (GCS), with the scores being recorded upon commencement of the experiment, then after 4 and 8 weeks respectively. It was found that the GCS score was significantly lower in the intervention group that it was in the placebo group, with major improvements in the vasomotor, psychiatric, physical, and sexual symptoms .
You can see then that this is an incredibly potent treatment, especially once you learn that the study was using 6.5mg of the stuff. Remifemin instead only contains 2.5mg per serving, so you may find you experience different effectiveness, or none at all.
Estrocare instead contains a whopping 120mg (which is the standard not the 10:1 extract, but it is full spectrum) meaning it's more like 12mg of the extact type used in the positive study above and contains the micro compounds that made black cohosh effective in other studies.
Well there's little else to say. We can kind
of see what Remifemin are going for, as the ingredient that they've chosen to
specialise in has been shown to be effective therapeutic supplement in it's own
right. And it’s not priced horribly.
But, the thing is there's just better out there, like Estrocare and it's fantastically clever formula that covers all potential bases, meaning you don't have to worry about what menopausal symptoms might rear their head today.
It's not so much that Remifemin isn't a good option, it's just that there's much better out there. Having just one ingredient might help with business finances and supply, but when things are increasingly moving towards combined supplements with multiple, carefully chosen ingredients, customers will begin to question if they're really making the right choice by sticking to Remifemin.
1 - https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/BlackCohosh-HealthProfessional/
2 - Foster S. Black cohosh: a literature review. HerbalGram 1999;45:35-50.
3 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4029542/