New Relief for PMS?
- Created: February 7, 2011
- by: admin
A recent study from Brazil offers an interesting alternative for women struggling with PMS.
A recent study from Brazil offers an interesting alternative for women struggling with PMS. A supplement containing Vitamin E, plus a combination of essential fatty acids was shown to significantly lessen symptoms in a test group of 120 women over a 6th month trial. Researchers are uncertain as to exactly why this combo works, but one theory poses that fatty acids inhibit the production of prolactin; a hormone linked to PMS sensitivity. While the Vitamin E/Fatty Acid approach can’t be considered a cure, (the group is too small and the findings too limited), the possibility of a mostly natural, no-side effect option is certainly great news. Current PMS treatment includes a variety of meds ranging from oral contraceptives to antidepressants to anti-imflammatories. These options help only about half the women with PMS, leaving the other fifty percent to struggle with issues like headaches, joint pain, mood swings and depression. Whether the news out of Brazil is just another addition to the PMS arsenal, or an actual medical breakthrough remains to be seen. Still, the first report is overwhelmingly positive. In the meantime, lifestyle changes such as healthy diet, exercise, and minimizing salt, caffeine and alcohol intake, are changes any woman can make to help modify PMS symptoms.