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Help For Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) With Vitamins & Herbs

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There are many natural methods available to decrease overall signs and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. Many vitamins and herbs have been strongly correlated with this ability.

Vitamins

Vitamins are nutrients necessary for the completion of metabolic reactions. Metabolic reactions can be defined as all the chemical reactions that occur within the body required for life. Typically, vitamins can not be synthesized by the body, but must be ingested. Vitamins are required for a diverse range of biochemical functions including cell signaling, cellular regulation, cell growth, cell differentiation, and can serve as hormones or antioxidants. The main vitamins associated with the ability to decrease premenstrual syndrome signs and symptoms are vitamin B-6 and vitamin E.

Vitamin B-6

Vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine, is a cofactor necessary for many reactions involving the metabolism of amino acids. Vitamin B-6 has been utilized for the relief of certain premenstrual symptoms for years.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E exists within the body in eight different isomers (forms). Vitamin E is associated with antioxidant activity. Vitamin E has been associated with the ability to aid in premenstrual symptoms.

Minerals

Dietary minerals are all non-organic compounds necessary for certain biological activities within the body. These biological activities are based on the dietary mineral in question. The main minerals associated with abilities to decrease premenstrual syndrome signs and symptoms are calcium and magnesium.

Magnesium

Magnesium is required for many reactions within the body, particularly for the processing of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the body's main energy source. Magnesium is also required for the proper construction of bone, peristalsis, increasing alkalinity, and increased flexibility. Due to these facts, magnesium is also associated with the ability to decrease certain PMS symptoms.

Calcium

Calcium is necessary for a variety of functions within the body. Some of these functions include bone formation, neutralizing acidic conditions, aiding with proper blood flow, clearing toxins from the blood, and for overall maintenance of digestive system and muscle health. Calcium has also been correlated with the ability to decrease overall signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Herbs

There are a variety of herbs that are associated with the ability to decrease certain symptoms or signs of premenstrual syndrome. However, much of this evidence is preliminary, and more studies are needed for confirmation of these effects. Some of these herbs include:
  • Black Cohosh
  • Chasteberry
  • Dandelion
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Ginger
  • Raspberry Leaf
The fact is, there are natural ways to aid in the control of premenstrual syndromes. The majority of these options involve dietary and lifestyle changes. In addition to dietary changes, the supplementation of certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs may prove beneficial in decreasing some of the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

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Sources: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminb6.asp http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-e/NS_patient-vitamin-e http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/calcium-supplements/AN01428

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