Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Sometimes called premenstrual tension (PMT), premenstrual syndrome is a collection of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms related to the female menstrual cycle.
Around 80 percent of women of child-bearing age have some symptoms of PMS. More than 200 different symptoms have been identified, but the three most prominent symptoms are irritability, tension, and unhappiness or stress. Bloatedness, cramps, fatigue and acne are also common but the exact symptoms and their intensity vary from woman to woman. Symptoms are usually predictable and occur during the two weeks prior to menses, usually improving when the woman’s period starts and disappearing a few days afterwards.
The exact cause of PMS is not fully understood. However, it’s thought to be linked to the changing levels of hormones in the body during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Family history is often a good predictor of the probability of the experience of PMS, and other factors such as caffeine intake, stress, age, history of depression and diet may play a role. PMS usually improves after the menopause.
There is plenty that can be done to limit the symtoms of PMS naturally.
The first main step is to address the diet. Eating little and often (around every 3 hours) combined with fish oil supplements will keep your blood-sugar stable, controlling mood swings. It will also be beneficial to avoid too much salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Aerobic exercise has been found to be helpful.
If you suffer from bloating or water retention, you may wish to use a natural diuretic such as green tea, nettle tea, apple cider vinegar, or fennel.
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Magnesium is required for the proper function of nerves, muscles and energy release, and liver funtion, as well as in the skeletal structure. It also improves the absorption and retention of calcium. Three caps to be taken daily with food unless otherwise instructed by a healthcare professional.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is essential for the growth and renewal of skin and helps neutralise free radicals. It may also assist hormonal regulation and cardiovascular health.2 caps to be taken daily with food unless otherwise instructed by a healthcare professional. Not suitable for those with high blood pressure or those taking anti-blood-clotting drugs.
GLA is an important Omega 6 EFA, which the body uses to help maintain hormone balance and optimum health, especially in women. Starflower Oil offers 204mg of GLA, almost three times more GLA than the same amount of Evening Primrose Oil.1 cap to be taken daily unless otherwise instructed by a health care professional
The B group Vitamins work synergistically as co-factors for thousands of enzymatic reactions in the body.
Best known for their crucial role in energy production and reactions of the Krebs cycle, B vitamins are also vital for the breakdown and metabolism of fats, blood sugar control and fluid balance. They are especially effective at boosting energy during times of physical and or emotional stress, when these vitamins are quickly depleted.
The health and proper functioning of the cardiovascular system relies on B vitamins as they are involved in nerve conduction, neurotransmitter synthesis and proper muscle function, including that of the heart.
Adequate B vitamins are required by the endocrine system, with B6 showing to be particularly beneficial for balancing hormones in women with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. B vitamins also support the health of the skin hair and nails.
Nutrivital B complex contains B6 in the most easily assimilated form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (p5p). It also includes Choline and Inositol which work in synergy with B vitamins
Formulated to support blood sugar balance and energy production, Chromium GFT plus contains a therapeutic dose of chromium, with a blend of synergistic nutrients, B vitamins, vitamin E and trace minerals.
Chromium is essential for the proper utilisation of carbohydrates and glucose, and is the key component of the glucose tolerance factor (GTF). GTF facilitates the action of insulin by increasing the cells sensitivity to insulin and allowing the uptake of glucose by the cell. Without chromium insulin’s action is blocked and glucose tolerance is reduced.
Chromium is of increasing interest in the field of sports nutrition due to its ability increase the uptake of amino acids (protein) by muscles cells, assisting in the growth of lean muscle mass.
Increased lean muscle mass improves fat burning potential, this along with chromium’s ability to reduce insulin resistance, balance blood sugar and reduce the cravings associated with imbalance makes supplementation beneficial to weight control or as part of a weight-loss program.
High quality, comprehensive multi- vitamin and mineral supplement at clinical potency, containing all essential vitamins and minerals, plus trace minerals to support optimum health and wellbeing.
Unlike many multivitamins on the market, NutriVital MultiMax is formulated using only high quality ingredients and produced using methods that are not damaging and do not reduce efficacy or inhibit absorption.
MultiMax includes potent levels of B vitamins, which are essential for energy production within the cell, as well as hormone synthesis, and proper functioning of the cardiovascular and immune system. Vitamins A, C, E, Zinc and selenium provide antioxidant protection. 100mcg of Chromium is included to support carbohydrate metabolism and assist the action of insulin. Trace minerals give additional support the nervous system, as they are required for proper functioning of the muscles and nerves.
Cal-Mag-D plus has been designed to provide specific support to the skeletal system. Calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D and B6 work synergistically together in the development and maintenance of strong bones, healthy teeth, skin, hair and nails.
Nutrivital has included colloidal minerals for additional support to proper mineralization. Calcium and Magnesium support the nervous system and are required for the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Cal-Mag-D Plus supports the metabolism of Iron and the utilsation of Vitamin C.
Magnesium is required in large amounts by the body and is increasingly lacking in the diets of many.
Both calcium and magnesium in this formula are in amino acid chelate form for optimum absorption and bioavailability.
NutriVital Vitex is a blend of herbs to balance hormones. Vitex has been seen to be a valuable herb in correcting female hormonal dysfunction and regulating the menstrual cycle, supported by clinical studies. It is especially useful in amenorrhea. It has been shown to work via the pituitary to increase progesterone and decrease prolactin. The addition of Alchemilla serves to support the action of Vitex. Cramp Bark may serve to relieve the pain associated with painful periods. Yarrow improves circulation - an important factor in stagnant states.
Scientific evidence to date has shown that the safest and most effective carriers of EPA and DHA are the phospholipids present in Krill Oil.
Please enjoy this video from Dr. Mercola on Krill Oil:
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Possible Drug InteractionsPeople taking blood thinners (anticoagulant or anti-platelet medication), such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, clopidogrel (Plavix), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve) should only use krill oil under a physician's supervision. Krill oil should also be used with caution by people taking herbs and supplements that are thought to increase the risk of bleeding, such as ginkgo biloba and garlic. Do not take if allergic to shellfish.