Manage PMS with diet and nutrition
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms that many women experience between ovulation and menstruation.
It is estimated that 70% - 90% of women experience at least one symptom of PMS and 30-40% have symptoms that disturb their normal everyday lives. There have been 150 PMS-related symptoms recorded and one or more of the following symptoms are commonly reported by women experiencing PMS.
2-6% of women are classed as having severe symptoms, which is known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - a serious type of premenstrual syndrome and symptoms can include rage, anger, severe depression and anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, and lack of focus/difficulty concentrating.
Due to the complexity and varied number of PMS symptoms, an American doctor called Dr Guy Abraham devised a system of categories for the different types of PMS symptoms. These fall into four categories:
Many women will get symptoms from each type during any one cycle. And for some women these symptoms can change from month to month, so they are not always experiencing exactly the same symptoms before each period.
Which nutrients are helpful for managing PMS?
Braun, L. and Cohen, M. (2010). Herbs and Natural Supplements: An evidence-based guide, pg. 951
Braun, L. and Cohen, M. (2010). Herbs and Natural Supplements: An evidence-based guide, pg. 685
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