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
Nutrivital B Complex can be used support the nervous system and boost energy as B vitamins are easily depleted when the body is stressed emotionally or physically. B Vitamins are required for the release of energy from food and aid in the proper function of the heart, nervous system and muscles, as well as being vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and nails. B6 is extremely important for hormonal balance, fatty acid metabolism, fluid balance, and the production of stomach acid. It can also help you to keep a clear head.In this complex, Vitamin B6 is included as pyridoxal-5-phosphate - an easily assimilated form. Our B Complex has a great blend of all of the important B vitamins.
Chromium is essential for the proper utilization of carbohydrates and glucose – known as the "glucose tolerance factor". Chromium works closely with insulin in facilitating the uptake of glucose into cells. Without chromium, insulin’s action is blocked. This formula also contains a blend of B vitamins, vitamin C, a good source of vitamin E and trace minerals carefully chosen for their synergistic effect.
This is an extremely high quality multi- vitamin, mineral and trace mineral product at clinic potency. Unlike many multivitamins on the market, this product has only high quality ingredients and is made using production methods that do not damage efficacy or inhibit absorption. It can be invaluable for helping maintain optimum health.
In Nutrivital’s Cal-Mag-D+, Calcium, magnesium, boron and vitamin D all work together synergistically to support a variety of functions within the body. Calcium helps maintain strong bones, assists correct muscular function and helps to metabolise iron. Both the calcium and magnesium in this formula are in amino acid chelate form for increased absorption.
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.
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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.