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Your PMS Symptoms Can Be Relieved With Nutritional Supplements

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Once a month the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome affect the lives of over 75% of women between the ages of 20 and 40. These symptoms can be mild or severe, causing annoying disruptions to a womans routine. While PMS has no cure, nutritional supplements can provide the vitamins and minerals necessary to alleviate many of the symptoms associated with PMS.

Cant I Get Everything I Need From The Foods I Eat?

You sure can. But do you eat all the right foods all the time? I know I dont. Even when Im on my best eating behavior, its hard to get all the vitamins and minerals of a healthy diet on a regular basis. Nutritional supplements provide an inexpensive and convenient way to get the majority of vitamins and minerals necessary to keep PMS symptoms at a minimum.

Vitamins to Look For in a Supplement

Vitamin B5: This vitamin is also known as pantothenic acid. It is commonly used to reduce stress, which can increase endorphin levels and thereby increase our ability to deal with pain. Its deficiency can cause acne and is potentially related to PMS acne break-outs. Vitamin B6: Also called pyridoxine, Vitamin B6 is a natural diuretic and as such can help relieve the painful bloating resulting from water retention during PMS. It has also been said to help regulate estrogen levels, limiting PMS hormone imbalances with can cause depression, irritability, etc. Vitamin E: Strangely enough, vitamin E isnt one particular chemical substance, but rather a collection of chemical compounds which perform a certain function in the body. It is associated with relieving the soreness of tender breasts during PMS. Vitamin D: This vitamin is naturally produced by the skin in response to sunlight, which can be scarce during the cloudy months of winter. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption and utilization of calcium, which is explained further in the following section.

Minerals to Look for in a Supplement

Calcium: In addition to supporting healthy bones, calcium is also involved in muscle contraction and relaxation. Consuming plenty of calcium prior to menstruation can lessen cramping and ease muscle tension. It is also thought that calcium has something to do with estrogen regulation. Magnesium: This mineral functions much like calcium in the treatment of PMS, relieving muscle tension and cramping. It was also shown, when used in addition to Vitamin B6, to significantly reduce the anxiety associated with PMS. If you are in the market for a PMS supplement, try using one with as many of the following ingredients as possible: vitamins A, C, D, and E, B-complex vitamins (includes most B vitamins), calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc. You should not take multiple nutritional supplements unless you are under the guidance of a nutrition specialist. Taking multiple supplements can cause you to exceed the daily dose limit of vitamins and minerals, many of which have toxic side effects if taken in excess.

Sources:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/14/earlyshow/contributors/emilysenay/main701603.shtml

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/premenstrual_syndrome_pms/page7_em.htm#Self-Care%20at%20Home

http://www.epigee.org/vitamins.html

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