PMS Health Topic
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Premenstrual syndrome refers to a cluster of mood, physical and cognitive symptoms that occur during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and subside with the onset of menstruation. Symptoms include fatigue, irritability, abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings. This review summarizes the scientific evidence of the efficacy and safety of a variety of mineral, vitamin, herbal and other supplements that have been examined in women with PMS.
Copper is well recognised for its association with oestrogen while zinc, on the other hand, is associated with progesterone. An imbalance between the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, as well as zinc, copper and other nutritional factors, is likely to be the chief culprit contributing to menstrual abnormalities.
Research from Germany shows that Agnus castus (also known as Chasteberry, Monk’s pepper and Vitex) can reduce prolactin levels and increase the production of progesterone. These effects help to correct the hormonal imbalances common in PMS, thereby helping to ease its symptoms.
Discusses magnesium and vitamin b6.
Improvement in diet and lifestyle can raise the threshold above which PMS symptoms might appear. Infact some new research has shown that erratic periods and PMS are a sign that that woman has a poor nutritional status.
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