In my opinion, if you're not taking vitamins, then your going to be fighting a battle you don't need. I know when and when I don't take my vitamins… especially during PMS week. I double my vitamins during PMS and it helps TREMENDOUSLY!! Not just any vitamins though. You need good ones. Don't skimp on the vitamins!
Vitamin and mineral supplementation often recommended for home treatment of PMS and PMDD
These supplements are commonly recommended for PMS home treatment:
- Calcium. This mineral affects the hormone-producing endocrine system. Calcium is strongly linked to PMS symptoms and relief. A high level of calcium intake [1200 mg], broken up into three doses per day, may improve your negative moods and reduce fluid retention and pain. Calcium has the added advantage of reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
- Magnesium. Some women with PMS have been found to have low magnesium levels, which are linked to abnormal levels of chemicals (prostaglandins) that increase pain and inflammation. Two or more months of daily magnesium has been shown to reduce premenstrual bloating (water retention). Magnesium is also likely to improve premenstrual pain and may improve negative mood.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). This vitamin affects the endocrine system and helps the body use magnesium. Although research and expert opinions are mixed, daily vitamin B6 is likely to improve PMS depression and physical symptoms. Take no more than 100 mg daily to avoid toxic effects on the nervous system.
- Vitamin E. Taken during the premenstrual phase, this vitamin supplement is a recognized treatment for breast tenderness. It may also reduce mood and physical symptoms. Improvement in weight gain, anxiety, headaches, sweet cravings, depression, insomnia, and low energy are possible.