4 Supplements May Help With PMS

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pmsPMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name of a group of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that occur in the last 2 weeks of the menstrual cycle, just before menses. Affecting four out of ten women, PMS symptoms can impact the quality of your life and the ability to do normal activities. While it’s normal to have minor discomfort before your period, severe PMS symptoms such as anxiety, moodiness, irritability, pain, bloating, acne, and headaches may be alerting you to some internal imbalances. While it’s not known what causes PMS, it is likely that changing hormone levels and brain chemistry play a role. Diet, activity level and stress may also be related to the severity of symptoms. Giving your body the right nutrients can help to manage your PMS.

These four supplements may help with PMS by reducing symptoms. Before taking any supplements, please consult with a natural healthcare practitioner or your primary care physician.

Evening Primrose Oil: Evening primrose oil provides an excellent source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA helps to promote the production of anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body and may be helpful for the discomfort of PMS, joint pain and swelling, along with various skin conditions.

Magnesium: Magnesium plays a crucial role in energy production. Unfortunately, diuretics, alcohol consumption, high stress levels, and unbalanced diets can result in a magnesium deficiency. To help you maintain sufficient magnesium levels and optimum energy, we formulated Pathway Tri-Mag with 100 mg of elemental magnesium from three different sources to provide maximum uptake. Magnesium helps to relax the muscular contractions of the uterus caused by hormonal imbalances. Vitamin B6 increases magnesium absorption.

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is one of the most essential, widely used vitamins in the body. As a coenzyme, B6 participates in a wide variety of enzymatic reactions. It is therefore needed for the proper growth and maintenance of almost all our body structures and body functions. It is particularly important for nervous system functioning, cardiovascular health and women’s health. Vitamin B6 is a natural diuretic and helps with PMS-related bloating. B6 also aids in balancing estrogen levels. Vitamin B6 is best taken in combination with a balanced B-complex, such as Pathway B-Complex 50.

Green Foods: Cravings for chocolate and other sweet foods are a common and frustrating symptom of PMS. This can cause weight gain and increased stress when you are following a healthy meal plan. Taking a green food supplement a couple times per day can help to eliminate cravings, boost your energy, and help to balance your blood sugar levels. Pathway UltraGreens powder contains 12 green superfoods, 4 fibers, 12 herbs, 8 additional superfoods, and 6 sea vegetables. Ultra Greens provides a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibers, carotenoids, and chlorophyll.

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