Does it feel like your jeans suddenly shrunk? Are you feeling bloated? Or do you suddenly feel particularly irritated by the less than courteous drivers you encounter on your commute? If yes, you may be one of the 85% percent of women affected by premenstrual syndrome or PMS.
PMS is described as the emotional and physical symptoms which affect many women one or two weeks before they begin their menstrual period. The exact cause of PMS is still not known. However, hormonal and metabolic changes are believed to be factors in PMS. Serotonin, a feel good chemical in the brain may also play a role, particularly in the cases of women affected with severe PMS.
The good news is--In addition to eating healthy meals and exercise, there are some supplements to consider that may help ease the discomfort associated with PMS.
PMS and Magnesium
Magnesium may decrease the pain associated with premenstrual cramps. This is due to magnesium's effects on the level of naturally occurring chemicals in the body known as prostaglandins. Some prostaglandins are associated with inflammation and pain, and studies show that women who experience PMS also tend to have higher levels of these substances. Evidence showed that after two months of supplementing with 200 mg magnesium daily, the levels of prostaglandins decreased and women reported relief from PMS symptoms. Magnesium may also decrease the amount of water your body retains during the two weeks before your period.