Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is experienced as a group of physical and emotional symptoms which some women experience 1-2 weeks before their menstrual period. Normally, these symptoms subside when the period starts and within a couple of days of menstrual flow. Statistics indicate that PMS affects over 80% of women of the reproductive age at some point in their lives, and about 40% of women experience symptoms bad enough to affect their daily life.
The symptoms may include, but are not limited to, cramps, dizziness, tender breasts, water retention & swelling of the body, abdominal bloating, food cravings, especially for chocolate, nausea, vomiting, stomach upsets, appetite changes, insomnia, general discomfort, anger, irritability, crying seemingly for no reason, aches and pains all over the body, fatigue, lowered immunity, and a number of other symptoms.
Facchinetti F, Borella P, Sances G, Fioroni L, Nappi RE, Genazzani AR report the following results of a 2-months’ study of 32 women-sufferers from PMS:
“To evaluate the effects of an oral Mg preparation on premenstrual symptoms, we studied, by a double-blind, randomized design, 32 women (24-39 years old) with PMS confirmed by the Moos Menstrual Distress Questionnaire. After 2 months of baseline recording, the subjects were randomly assigned to placebo or Mg for two cycles. In the next two cycles, both groups received Mg. Magnesium pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (360 mg Mg) or placebo was administered three times a day, from the 15th day of the menstrual cycle to the onset of menstrual flow. Blood samples for Mg measurement were drawn premenstrually, during the baseline period, and in the second and fourth months of treatment. The Menstrual Distress Questionnaire score of the cluster “pain” was significantly reduced during the second month in both groups, whereas Mg treatment significantly affected both the total Menstrual Distress Questionnaire score and the cluster “negative effect.” In the second month, the women assigned to treatment showed a significant increase in Mg in lymphocytes and polymorphonuclear cells, whereas no changes were observed in plasma and erythrocytes. These data indicate that Mg supplementation could represent an effective treatment of premenstrual symptoms related to mood changes.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2067759
“Three small double-blind RCTs have investigated the effect of magnesium supplementation in PMS. A trial in 38 women with relatively mild PMS found that a daily supplement of 200mg of magnesium reduced one out of six studied symptom categories. Fluid retention was significantly reduced in the second, but not the first month of use, but there were no significant effects on emotional symptoms… Supplementation with magnesium 360mg/day in 32 women significantly reduced total PMS symptoms, specifically those related to mood,23 while in another trial in 20 women with a premenstrual migraine, the same dose of magnesium significantly reduced the number of days with a headache.” National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome
The complexities of the reproductive cycle mean that the body mobilises itself for possible fertilisation and pregnancy. This preparation leads to a number of hormones being produced in large quantities, and released into the body, leading to physiological and psychological changes in all the body systems. Magnesium plays a very important role not only in the production of hormones but as an integral part of ATP – the energy molecule of every cell.
Premenstrual activity in the woman’s body requires a lot of magnesium. If it is in short supply, then certain processes are slowed down, and general physical and psychological tension, fatigue, cramps, aches, pain, lack of energy follow as just some of the numerous symptoms of what we call Premenstrual Tension.
The studies mentioned above were using oral magnesium supplementation to draw positive conclusions about the role of magnesium in reducing the symptoms of PMS. However, oral magnesium supplementation has its limitations. Not everyone can absorb it via the digestive tract, and even those who can absorb only a relatively small percentage of what has been ingested. Much of oral magnesium passes through the body unabsorbed. The chances increase when chelated magnesium is taken instead of cheaper forms of it. Magnesium citrate, magnesium orotate are some of the chelated forms of good quality magnesium supplement. They will also be milder on the stomach since unlike magnesium oxide, they do not take hydrochloric acid out of the body, so do not upset digestion.
To increase magnesium absorption into the body, I suggest using magnesium chloride transdermally – in the form of magnesium oil to spray the body daily, or to massage it directly into the skin. The oil can be strong and irritating for some, being a concentrated salt solution, so can be mixed with water as desired, to soften its action. You will still get sufficient magnesium from it to benefit from transdermal supplementation.
Another way is to soak in magnesium baths, preferably daily, using either magnesium chloride flake or Epsom salt. Although Epsom salt is cheaper to buy, magnesium chloride is a better option, since it has a simpler molecular structure, and gets straight to where it is needed. Dr Mark Sircus recommends magnesium sulphate for transdermal magnesium supplementation in most cases, except for some specific conditions. You would need between 500g-1kg of magnesium chloride per bath.
Various research results have shown that transdermal supplementation replenishes magnesium in the body much faster than oral supplementation. Of course, intravenous injections would be even faster, but for a majority of people, they are not necessary. I suggest using magnesium transdermally on a daily basis for 2 weeks at the start of the treatment, and once every 2-3 days afterwards, or as required.
Other natural remedies include vitamin B complex, Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste Berry) – to regulate hormones, Evening primrose oil, and calcium. Exercise, sufficient sleep and healthy nutrition are also advised.
Always check with your medical doctor for any supplementation – oral or transdermal, since certain conditions and medications would mean exercising caution in this respect.
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