5 key supplements for PMS
I don’t actually experience PMS anymore. Ten years ago I did. Mood swings - sad, alligator tears, cold indifference, snapping my teeth at any movement. Cramps - doubled over, multiple hot packs, Motrin (don’t take that stuff), and staying home “sick.” Bloating, insomnia, and acne… all possible, all horribly annoying.
The worst thing is, you’re most likely experiencing similar symptoms as an estimated 80-90% of women have PMS and 3-8% of them say their symptoms are severe.
Though if you’ve read any of my blogs you know PMS isn’t something you have to live with, I don’t live with it anymore. I’m 30, I have my period, I don’t have PMS. What am I doing differently?
I personally take S’moo because it gives me an easy way of getting everything I need in one easy scoop. However, if you want to try out different supplements on your own, here are ones I’ve found that help with PMS:
Zinc - a daily intake of zinc has been associated with a lower risk of PMS symptoms including helping prevent menstrual cramps. Studies of zinc also revealed that the zinc supplements were effective but food sources of this mineral were not. So if you’d like to try zinc, try a supplement version.
Magnesium - useful for conditions like anxiety, insomnia, chronic stress, and inflammatory conditions. For PMS it can be great for your mood but also receive menstrual cramps caused by an elevated prostaglandin, which magnesium lowers. Interesting fact: A study where magnesium and B6 was tested on women with PMS found that though magnesium was helpful on its own, women had even more benefits when paired with B6.
Vitamin B6 - B6 is needed for the production of neurotransmitters that effect mood, so it’s been known to help with depression because it supports adrenal health and the healthy production of cortisol. Cortisol is great for keeping inflammation low and reducing stress.
Inositol - inositol is often referred to as vitamin B8, but it is not actually a vitamin. It's a type of sugar that influences the insulin response and several hormones associated with mood and cognition. It’s also been shown to reduce anxiety and acne.
Omega-3 fatty acids - as mentioned with magnesium, omega-3 can also decrease the production of inflammatory prostaglandins, resulting in reduced menstrual cramps. *Side note: when buying this, look for 3rd party tested to avoid any toxins that can be present. Usually bulk buying options for Omega-3 isn’t 3rd party tested and can be contaminated with things like PCBs and heavy metals.
Overwhelmed and not sure which one to pick or how to combine them? I guess that’s what makes S’moo so easy, it includes Inositol, Zinc and Magnesium as well as other helpful ingredients for other parts of your body. Women from all over have reported reduced or totally obliterated PMS symptoms.
Everyone is different, try things out, give it a good few months before switching and make a daily journal to help you remember your symptoms and the results. Also try out these Yoga relieving PMS positions! Food is also super important, figure out what to eat and what to avoid when you're experiencing PMS. We are all in this together.
Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3208934/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC27878/ ; https://www.livescience.com/27486-iron-zinc-premenstrual-syndrome.html#:~:text=Iron%20was%20not%20the%20only,food%20sources%20of%20the%20mineral.
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