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Erase the PMS blues

Don't let PMS get you down
Don't let PMS get you down
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Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, impacts an estimated 3 out of every 4 menstruating women in the form of mood swings, breast tenderness, food cravings, fatigue and the age-old favorites - irritability and depression.

If the conventional methods of treating your PMS fall short, you are not alone. PMS problems peak in your 20s and early 30s, according to the Mayo Clinic, but the month-to-month symptoms can vary greatly.
If the same old methods have failed you over the years, like aspirin, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, it's time to try some natural methods.

All those years when your mom told you to take your vitamins, or even your doctor, they were not kidding. Most women with major PMS issues are lacking vitamins and nutrients. The ones that have been known to show the best results at reducing PMS symptoms are: Vitamin B-6, Calcium and Magnesium. Medical experts suggest using 100 mg/day of B-6; 300 mg of calcium carbonate four times/day and 200 mg/day of magnesium.

Another supplement that has been shown to work well but isn't widely known is borage oil. This oil, which is much like evening primrose oil, contains gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, a fatty acid that the body converts to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin that has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator.

According to, Borage seed oil is the richest source of GLA, containing 20 to 26%. Not only will borage oil help ease PMS and cramps but it can also do wonders for eczema and arthritis. Visit your local health food store for more info. Nature's Way in Easton, PA can always help!

Changing your eating habits well before your period will help reduce PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps. As the saying goes "green is the new black" and that means lowering your sugar and salt intake, along with caffeine and alcohol and increasing your green veggie intake. Trade in a burger and fries for a salad with oil and vinegar. Instead of a starch with dinner, add kale or spinach. It may not sound appetizing but suffering with PMS and cramps are far worse.


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