Women will suffer from symptoms associated with premenstrual syndromes at some point in their lives, such as painful periods, at some point. Thankfully, women can now choose from a whole range of treatments available, rather than just rely on painkillers, including natural remedies for PMS.
Natural Remedies for PMS
Clinical trials have shown that a good PMS treatment programme should include vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium and omega-6. Several studies have found that B6 works with certain brain chemicals to control mood and behaviour. Vitamin E may help with sore breasts that often accompany menstruation and help with irritability and moods.
However, remember that any treatment comes with side effects. Women experience mood swings and breast tenderness during their menstrual cycle, so it is better to consult your doctor before deciding on natural remedies for PMS.
Magnesium is another aid for PMS symptoms. It is a natural tranquillizer so can help relieve anxiety and tension. It is more effective if taken along with B6. Omega-6 essential fatty acids can also be helpful. The body converts omega-6 into GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which is found in plants including evening primrose and borage. Studies have shown women who suffer severe PMS have trouble converting omega 6 to GLA. Taking evening primrose oil can help with this.
Natural Herbal Remedies for PMS
The herb Agnus castus has been studied for its abilities to help with symptoms of PMS and has been found to be very useful as it rebalances hormones by working with the pituitary gland. However, this should not be taken by anyone who is on the contraceptive pill, fertility drugs, HRT or any other hormone medication without guidance from a qualified practitioner.
Diet and PMS
Diet and exercise play an important role here too. Eating well and exercising regularly helps the body to function properly and produce just the right amount of hormones. Plenty of fruit and vegetables are important along with complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole grain pasta or whole grain bread. Eating phytoestrogens are important too and these include beans, chickpeas, lentils and soya produce. Nuts, seeds and oily fish will ensure a good intake of healthy fat.
Reducing intake of highly processed and refined foods along with sugar and artificial sweeteners will help the body regain its natural equilibrium. The body also needs water to help with elimination so don’t forget to drink. Hydration is particularly important at this time of the month as the body is losing fluids. Remember that tea and coffee are both dehydrating.