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You believe that PMS is inevitable part of every woman’s life? However, it should not be! You can feel better is not to suffer from mood swings, swelling and fatigue — just add to your diet a few new components.

Predmenstrualnyj syndrome (PMS) is a recurring condition of an organism which occurs in 7 to 14 days before menstruation and is observed in 30-40% of women, with the most acute this problem is in women aged 30 – 40 years. In most cases the symptoms are mild, but some women may experience great discomfort during this time.

What causes PMS?

Scientists believe that PMS is the result of changing brain chemistry, which affect the sensitivity of the brain to the hormones — and the main reason here can be the low level of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This view of the issue fully explains the usual approach of medicine to the treatment of PMS, which relies on the use of antidepressants, in particular inhibitors of serotonin reuptake, such as Prozac and zoloft, with all their side effects. Fortunately, many natural substances also demonstrate the ability to eliminate the symptoms and relieve PMS.

Nutritional supplements to take during PMS

Established traditional methods:

Treating PMS with natural methods, which offers Dr. Murray

Birth control pills

Vitamin B6 and Magnesium

Antidepressants

5-hydroxytryptophan
Vitex/chasteberry

Vitamin B6 has proven effective in eliminating symptoms of PMS in over a dozen double-blind clinical trials. Part of its effect is due to the fact that it contributes to the accumulation within cells of magnesium, as magnesium deficiency is also often associated with the development of PMS.

Research showed that sufferers of PMS patients receiving supplements with a high content of magnesium and vitamin B6, observed a significant decrease in uncomfortable symptoms. The recommended daily dose is 25-50 mg of vitamin B6 and 300-450 mg of magnesium.

5-HTP is a “bridging” element between tryptophan and serotonin. He’s better than tryptophan can increase serotonin levels and also improves mood and reduces the craving for sweets. It is recommended to take 50-100 mg three times a day before meals.

The benefits of Vitex for PMS is associated with its effect on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. This plant (which is also called Abraham’s tree) is able to normalize the secretion of various hormones.

In a double-blind study, researchers compared the effect of taking the daily value Vitex (tablet 20 mg) and placebo on the status of 170 women. For three consecutive menstrual cycles participating in the study, women were asked to rate changes in PMS symptoms. Women taking Vitex reported reduced severity of symptoms by 52%, while women who took a placebo, the severity of symptoms fell by only 24%. The recommended daily allowance for Vitex (often standardisert, achieving a 0.5-percentage agnuside) is 175-225 mg when taken in the form of capsules and tablets and 2 – 4 ml (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) when taken in the form of a liquid extract.

Should we blame your diet? Women with PMS usually eat worse than people who hold familiar, and many curse the standard American diet. Compared with women who do not complain of PMS, suffering from this disease women, as a rule, use:

  • 62% more refined carbohydrates
  • 275% refined sugar
  • 79% more dairy products
  • 78% more sodium
  • 53% less iron*
  • 77% less manganese*
  • in less than 52% zinc*

* List of foods containing iron include soybeans, spinach, lentils, seeds kunzhuta olives; leaf mustard,cabbage, beet leaf, Romaine lettuce, raspberries, pineapple, garlic and eggplant is rich in manganese; great source of zinc is beef, lamb, scallops, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats, yogurt and Turkey.

This article was written by Dr. Michael Murray, one of the leading authorities in the field of natural medicine. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies of the medical literature. He has personally collected over 65000 articles from the scientific literature that provide convincing evidence of the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other natural ways of maintaining health and treating disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and treatment on the website DoctorMurray.com. Visit the iHerb page of Dr. Murray by clicking here.

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