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PMS - a natural end to the monthly blues

Wednesday March 6, 2019


International Women’s Day takes place on 8th March 2019. Viridian Nutrition puts the spotlight on women’s health.


Around 25% of women of reproductive age suffer moderate to severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, which occur 1-2 weeks before menstruation. 


The most common symptoms are irritability, anxiety, tension, mood swings, depression, abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, headache, swelling of extremities and food cravings. Sometimes these symptoms can be severe, in which case chemical drugs may be prescribed but there are natural alternatives that have been shown to be helpful.




Saffron, a highly prized spice from the crocus flower, has long been used to improve mood and wellbeing, and has been shown to reduce symptoms of PMS, especially emotional symptoms, as well as relieving depression and reducing food cravings in a number of clinical studies.


In one study, 15mg of Saffron extract taken twice daily for two cycles significantly reduced symptoms of PMS, especially emotional symptoms. Magnesium and vitamin B6 have also been shown to reduce PMS symptoms including cravings, fluid retention and anxiety in a number of studies. In fact there are at least nine clinical studies showing benefit of vitamin B6 in PMS, and when combined with magnesium it has been shown to be even more effective.


Both magnesium and B6 play an important role in regulating hormones and mood.


The information contained in this blog is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking prescribed medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


The food supplements mentioned in this blog can be found in specialist health food stores. Click here to locate your local specialist health food store.


TAGS: Womens HealthSaffron, women's health


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