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If you’re a woman it can sometimes seem as if there are a million and one things that can affect your health. Luckily, the modern woman now has access to a wide range of natural supplements that may help.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and Breast Tenderness
Evening primrose oil - This oil has been used for years as a treatment for various conditions including inflammation, eczema and PMS. It contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that the body needs for normal development. This fatty acid is usually obtained through your diet.
Some scientific studies have found that evening primrose oil reduced symptoms of PMS, but there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that it is beneficial for other conditions. Evening primrose oil is generally safe to take, but in some people may cause headache or mild gastrointestinal symptoms.
Ginger and brown sugar – According to Dr. Hicks, a family doctor in the UK, fresh ginger and brown sugar added to warm water and drunk twice a day can help PMS because both ginger and sugar are natural painkillers.
Hicks said, “Even if science hasn't proved a remedy works, if it won't harm you and you understand that positive effects may be due to placebo, they could be worth a try.”
He also said putting chilled cabbage leaves in your bra may relieve breast tenderness.
B vitamins have been shown to be beneficial to women with period pain. One study in the Nutritional Research journal found that menstrual pain was reduced when women were given supplements of vitamin B12 with omega-3 oils.
After three months of treatment they found a significant reduction in the number of menstrual symptoms and they concluded that fish oil enriched with B12 substantially reduced menstrual discomfort.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - The Cochrane review found that vitamin B1 taken at 100mgs daily was found to be an effective treatment for period pain.
Magnesium – The same review paper found that magnesium supplements were more effective than the placebo for pain relief and that the need for pain-relieving medications was reduced.