PMS can wreak havoc on your relationship—here's 8 natural ways to keep it in check.
Women have long searched for a way to alleviate the symptoms of PMS -- bloating, cramps and mood swings -- just to name a few. Jonny Bowden, author of The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, has found the cure -- a natural PMS cocktail. Learn more about the herbs and supplements that will bring you relief.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil (like borage oil and black currant oil) is a natural source of a fatty acid called GLA-gamma-linolenic acid. The research on evening primrose and PMS had been mixed. It may be true that GLA works best in combination with B6 and magnesium and is not quite as effective on its own. Because GLA is a natural anti-inflammatory, and because many people find it helpful for PMS, you should include it in your PMS cocktail.
Taking magnesium seems to relieve symptoms of PMS for many people. Supplementation with magnesium can improve mood and also help with fluid retention. Women with PMS have reduced magnesium levels. In one of many studies, supplementation with 360 mg of magnesium three times a day produced significantly improved scores on the Moos Menstrual Distress Questionnaire, leading the researchers to conclude that magnesium supplementation could represent an effective treatment of premenstrual symptoms related to mood changes.
Vitamin B6 has long been observed to be part of a comprehensive nutritional support package for PMS. One reason for this is that the body needs B6 to make serotonin out of the amino acid tryptophan, and many people may be low in B6 because of the high level of B-eating stress. Research shows that supplementing with B6 up to 100mg a day is very likely to be of benefit in treating premenstrual symptoms and premenstrual depression.
Taking 1 to 1.2g of calcium daily seems to really reduce depressed mood, water retention, and pain. If you want to increase your calcium intake, dairy is hardly the way to do it, though the dairy industry would have you believe it is the best way. Green leafy vegetables, sardines, and seeds (such as sesame and pumpkin) are full of calcium, and there are always supplements (be sure to take magnesium at the same time).