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Vitamins for Women

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There are many vitamins, available as supplementary tablets or through their natural food source that can help enhance the health of girls, women and babies.

Period Pain

Vitamin E
This has been shown to reduce period pain and even to reduce the amount of blood loss in teenage girls when they took a 200 mg tablet per day before and during their periods.

It also lessened the need for over-the-counter pain medications. Peter Bowen-Simpkins, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, considered it a breakthrough discovery that could improve the quality of life for thousands of girls.

Vitamin E is also available in:

• Sunflower oil
• Olive oil
• Corn oil
• Soybean oil
• Sunflower seeds
• Nuts such as peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts
• Spinach and other leafy green vegetables
• Broccoli
• Tomatoes
• Kiwi fruit
• Mangoes
• Fortified breakfast cereals. (1, 2)

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

Symptoms such as bloating, moodiness, irritability, anxiety and forgetfulness were reduced by supplementation with vitamin B6 -- a relief I’m sure, for the male partners in the household! (3)


A study in the Lancet found that a combination of vitamin C and E reduced cases of pre-eclampsia and placental dysfunction in high risk pregnant women. The women were given 1000 mg vitamin C daily and 400 IU of vitamin E daily. There was a 21 percent decrease in placental dysfunctions and a 6 percent decrease in pre-eclampsia when compared with the placebo group. (4)

Morning Sickness
Vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce morning sickness. In a study of 342 women, some were given placebo and others vitamin B6. The women in the B6 group had a significant reduction in nausea and vomiting.

A smaller study done by the University of Iowa found similar results. Dosages between 30-75mg daily were used in these studies. Other trials have shown that when vitamin B6 is combined with the antihistamine, doxylamine, it reduced the number of hospitalizations due to severe morning sickness. (5, 6)

Vitamin B6 is available from:

• Meat
• Poultry
• Fish
• Tofu and other soy products
• Legumes
• Potatoes

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