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ESCAPING THE PMS MAZE

by Geoffrey Redmond, MD
 

VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Multiple vitamins Take a standard women’s multiple vitamin with iron. Mainstream brands such as One A Day Within, Centrum, or the house brands of the major drugstore chains are as good as more expensive ones.

Certain vitamins and minerals have been said to help specifically with PMS when taken in higher doses. They do work for some women but not all. Since they are simple, safe and inexpensive, they are worth a try. The main ones are:

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) but be careful, more than 100 mg/day can damage nerves.

Vitamin E  600-800 units per day. Here reading fine print is necessary. Vitamin E is alpha tocopherol but there are other tocopherols which may be beneficial so capsules containing “mixed tocopherols” are preferable. Also pick one which has “D”-alpha tocopherol rather than “D,L” – alpha tocopherol which is synthetic. Calcium (Ca) 1000 to 1500 mg per day has been reported to help. The citrate is probably best. Use one which includes Vitamin D (you need 600 to 800 units per day; multivitamin tablets contain only 400 units.) Ca does not always work for PMS but women should be taking it for their bones anyway.

Magnesium (Mg)has also been reported to help. Doses vary. Mg can cause diarrhea.

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some important points about PMS
What is PMS?
Helping yourself get help
Help for PMS: The holistic approach

Lifestyle
Nutrition
Vitamins and Minerals
Herbs and supplements

Some other alternative approaches
Medications
Some final words of encouragement

 

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