New findings in Reproductive Health may provide comfort for women who usually suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. A new pill loaded with fatty acids and vitamin E may assist women experiencing fatigue, mood swings, and tender breasts.
Studies have shown that PMS symptoms can be lessened with the help of essential fatty acids.
Nearly 3 of every 4 menstruating women experience PMS symptoms to some degree. While usually manageable, some women experience drastic disruptions of daily tasks due to PMS.
Additional symptoms of PMS include emotional swings, headaches, muscle pain, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating.
A new supplement loaded with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, discovered by scientists in Brazil, has been shown to visibly reduce PMS symptoms in as little as three months.
For the study, 120 women took either a supplement containing fatty acids and vitamin E or a placebo.
Women supplementing for six months experienced greater results than those who only took the supplement for three months. Of all the women taking the fatty acid and vitamin E supplement, only one noticed mild abdominal pain when starting the treatment, but it soon disappeared.
While instrumental, this study is not the first of its kind. Previous studies have shown that vitamin B6, magnesium, and calcium may also help to relieve PMS symptoms.