When it comes to supplements often times less is more, but when it comes to treating painful PMS symptoms, there’s definitely room for a few additions for just that one week in the month.
This relaxing mineral is involved in 300 different enzymatic reactions in the body including making sex hormones . Yet almost 80% of people are deficient. It’s no surprise then that a relationship exists between magnesium and periods. During each cycle, magnesium is physically present on the uterus to relax the muscle lining during a period. One study found that taking magnesium in conjunction with B6 beneficial in reducing PMS symptoms. Some also find that taking 200-400 mg of magnesium glycinate for menstrual cramps helpful in reducing or eliminating their frequency.
2. Chastetree berry
Available as a tincture or capsule, this herb is known to stabilize the luteal phase or second half of the menstrual cycle. It also supports LH (luteinizing hormone) which aids in regular ovulation. It is especially helpful if you decide to stop birth control pills to support a more natural cycle. If you are still on the pill, you will not reap the benefits of this herb.
3. Vitamin B6
An overall deficiency in B vitamins can lead to fatigue . Vitamin B6, in particular, is essential to support healthy progesterone levels. It also works in conjunction with liver enzymes to reduce excess estrogen production which can lead to hormonal imbalance.
If you already suffer from IBS, you might see an increase in symptoms during your menstrual cycle. Symptoms such as bloating, cramping, and gas will typically increase right before your period. To troubleshoot for these symptoms it may be worth considering probiotics . Probiotics have been shown to relieve symptoms of IBS by balancing the gut flora and suppressing harmful gut bacteria.