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Premenstrual Syndrome


About
Premenstrual Syndrome symptoms usually show themselves in the 1-2 weeks prior to menstruation. Symptoms range from mild cramping, bloating, cravings, depression, and breakouts to more serious emotional outbursts, mood swings, and, in extreme cases, suicidal thoughts. Food allergies, blood sugar levels, hormonal imbalances, malabsorption of nutrients, and nutritional deficiencies may all contribute to PMS.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Applying wild yam cream to certain areas (chest, thighs, inner arms, abdomen) immediately after ovulation can be beneficial. Wild yam cream provides natural progesterone.
  • Be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Try to avoid red meat and dairy, and incorporate complex carbohydrates into your dietary routine. The latter may help control stress and mood.
  • Caffeine intake is related to the severity of premenstrual symptoms.
  • Different solutions help different women. The following things may be helpful: change of diet, meditation, acupuncture, or progesterone cream.
  • Food cravings may be controlled by taking L-glutamine by itself or with DL-phenylalanine (DLPA).
  • Melatonin may be helpful for the relief of premenstrual depression.
  • Oral contraceptives are beneficial for some women in controlling PMS. Antibiotics will decrease the effectiveness of the pill. Pregnant women and those with phlebitis, breast cancer, or abnormal vaginal bleeding should not take oral contraceptives.
  • PMS is often tied to thyroid problems.
  • Yeast infections and immune disorders can make PMS symptoms worse.
  • Your doctor may be able to direct you to a clinic that can help treat PMS. Choose a clinic that offers a variety of treatments, not just one.


Advice
  • Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables along with whole grain cereals beans lentils, bread, nuts, seeds, nuts, and broiled chicken. Complex carbohydrates and fiber rich foods are important.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Fasting on juices days before your symptoms begin to aid in reducing symptoms.
  • Omit smoking.
  • One week before menstruation start drinking 1 quart of water a day and continue until one week after menstruation.
  • Reduce your dairy products, and stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and sugars.
  • To keep from bloating and water retention do not eat red meats, junk food, fast food, and salt.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Black currant seed oil
Importance: High
Comments: Provides gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Helps alleviate symptoms. Enhances glandular function.


Flaxseed oil
Importance: High
Comments: Provides gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Helps alleviate symptoms. Enhances glandular function.


Primrose oil
Importance: High
Comments: Provides gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Helps alleviate symptoms. Enhances glandular function.


Calcium
Importance: High
Comments: Alleviates cramps, backaches, and nervousness. Chelate form is recommended.


Magnesium
Importance: High
Comments: Lack of magnesium may contribute to PMS symptoms. Chloride or chelate form is recommended.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: B vitamins enhance each other.


Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Importance: High
Comments: Alleviates stress. Boosts function of adrenal gland.


Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: High
Comments: Decreases water retention. Boosts flow of oxygen to female organs. Replenishes estrogen levels.


Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Eases stress. Protects against anemia. Promotes overall health of the body. Lozenge or sublingual form is recommended.


Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with sore breasts. Also good for other PMS symptoms. Enhances flow and use of oxygen in the body. Controls effects of free radicals. Alleviates tension, depression, and irritability.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Angelica
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with muscle spasms. Can help ease cramps.

Cramp Bark
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with muscle spasms. Can help ease cramps.

Kava Kava
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with muscle spasms. Can help ease cramps.

Red Raspberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with muscle spasms. Can help ease cramps.

Black Cohosh
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps control hormones and premenstrual syndromes.
Cautions: Pregnant women and those who suffer from any chronic disease should not take black cohosh.

Blessed Thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps control hormones and premenstrual syndromes.

Dong Quai
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps control hormones and premenstrual syndromes.

False Unicorn Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps control hormones and premenstrual syndromes.

Fennel
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps control hormones and premenstrual syndromes.

Sarsaparilla
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps control hormones and premenstrual syndromes.

Squawvine
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps control hormones and premenstrual syndromes.

Black Haw
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases cramps. Soothes nerves.

Rosemary
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases cramps. Soothes nerves.

Corn Silk
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eliminates extra water in the tissues. Alleviates premenstrual symptoms.

Dandelion
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic.

Hawthorn
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretic.

Feverfew
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with migraines.

Milk thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Purifies the liver and enhances function so estrogen can be metabolized easier.
Dosage: Daily for 3 months.

Pau d'arco
Type: Internal
Purposes: May help prevent yeast infection.

Peppermint
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with mood control. Supports the nervous system.

Strawberry Leaf
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with mood control. Supports the nervous system.

Valerian Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with mood control. Supports the nervous system.

Wild Yam
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides natural progesterone to help relieve cramps, headache, mood swings, depression, insomnia, irritability, and other premenstrual symptoms.