Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

This group of symptoms (syndrome) usually happens 7-14 days before menstruation begins. The symptoms may include: depression, cramps, water retention, skin eruptions, headaches, bloated abdomen, breast swelling and tenderness, backaches, nervousness, insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, joint pain, fainting spells, and often personality changes (such as increased frustration, outbursts of anger or withdrawal). PMS can also coincide with a craving for sweets, salt, bowel disturbance, acne, headaches and memory impairment. PMS often has to do with an imbalance of the hormones estrogen or progesterone at this time in the cycle, but can also be linked to food sensitivities, candidiasis, or malnutrition. PMS can be categorized into four types, but is clinically treated the same, with slight variations. Also consider possible Candida problems.

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It is interesting to note that most women with PMS have significantly different dietary habits than symptom-free women. PMS women consume 62% more refined carbohydrates (mostly flour), 275% more refined sugar, 79% more dairy, 78% more sodium, 53% less iron, 77% less manganese, 53% less zinc. Women can respond greatly by just reducing the refined sugar in their diet, taking a multiple vitamin/mineral and Vitamin B6. The single most important supplement is Vitamin B6.

Single Herbs: Dong Quai, Alfalfa, Licorice, Unicorn Root, Black Haw, Raspberry Leaves, Blessed Thistle, Black Cohosh, Vitex, Evening Primrose, Black Currant or Borage Seed Oils.

Combinations: Essential Fatty Acids, Chaste Tree РDandelion.

Nutritional Supplements: , Beta-carotene (20,000 IU, twice daily), B complex (1 tablet, twice daily), Vitamin B6 (100-250 mg, one-three times daily), Vitamin C (3,000 mg daily), Vitamin E (200-400 IU daily), Magnesium aspartate (400-800 mg daily), Zinc (10-50 mg daily), GABA (750 mg).