30 days of hormone balancing (13) – Supplements for PMS

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No 13 – Supplements to help with PMS

shutterstock_54802642Specific supplements have been proven to help with  Pre-menstrual symptoms.

Magnesium:
Magnesium has a relaxing and calming effect on muscles and the nervous system. It helps with cramping pains and also reduces tension and stress. Take 200 – 400 mg daily in citrate form. It is often best to take it in the form of a multi-vitamin and mineral complex so that all the appropriate co-factors are also available.
Vitamin B6:
This works well in conjunction with magnesium. Vitamin B6 is required for many of the body’s chemical processes and particularly for the synthesis of the “feel good” neurotransmitter serotonin. Take 50 mg daily and make sure it is the active form of B6 (P-5-P the phosphate form).
Zinc:
Zinc is important for hormone balance and utilisation. Also useful when spotty skins are a feature. Women suffering from PMS are often deficient in Zinc. Take 15 – 25 mg daily.
Vitamin E:
Useful for breast tenderness, bloating, mood swings and irritability.
Evening Primrose Oil
This contains GLA,  an omega-6 fatty acid which is used by the body to reduce inflammation.  Due to its anti-inflammatory properties GLA can reduce some of the symptoms of PMS such as bloating, and tenderness.
Agnus Castus (Vitex)
This herb is used to regulate the female cycle. It does this by acting on the pituitary gland. This can be taken as a tincture or in pill form and generally need to be used for about three months to get the full benefits.

Remember supplements are no substitute for a poor diet. The supplements mentioned will work best in conjunction with a hormone balancing diet.

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