Essential Fatty Acids Decrease Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptoms

Essential fatty acids may help easy PMS symptoms

A new study published in Reproductive Health, a journal, by the researchers at a Brazilian University may just give an end to suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms by using dietary supplements containing essential fatty acids.

These acids, EFAs, are not synthesized in the body, and can only be found in food and supplements. The study found that if such supplementary capsules containing about 1 gram of three essential fatty acids are being taken, experience of PMS symptoms are considerably reduced.

The current study is supported by research from 1983, which established a similar possibility in the relationship between PMS and EFAs. The study involved 120 women. Researchers are unsure whether or not the effects were from the use of supplemental fatty acids, or from the mineral oil that was used for placebo.

The study further established that the longer the supplements were taken, the better the benefits may prove.

The study, authored by researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco, may be beneficial for women suffering from PMS. However, the researchers are not making additional recommendations yet on the necessity of increasing EFA intake.