Premenstrual syndrome is a disorder that affects 80 percent of women of childbearing age, according to Katrin Raschke, nutritionist at the German Institute of Nutritional Medicine and Dietetics. Recent studies show that evening primrose oil and vitamin B6 can relieve the symptoms before the "days".
Disorder of hormonal balance as a cause
The symptoms occur in the second half of the menstrual cycle and range from abdominal and back pain, skin changes and mood swings to indigestion. The causes of these complaints are varied and largely unexplained. Above all, a disturbance of the hormonal balance seems to play a significant role.
Remedy by evening primrose oil
Recent studies have shown that women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) have more linoleic acid in their blood than women who do not have it. Among other things, the body converts linoleic acid to gamma-linolenic acid and further to important tissue hormones. Women who suffer from PMS produce less tissue hormones despite the increased linoleic acid level. A reduced level of it can be responsible for a number of ailments.
Recent studies show that the supply of evening primrose oil, which has a high content of gamma-linolenic acid, can alleviate or remedy the symptoms of PMS.
Gamma-linolenic acid is rare in food. Exceptions are certain vegetable oils such as borage oil. Nutritional supplementation with gamma-linolenic acid can significantly contribute to the formation of prostaglandins being able to proceed undisturbed again. Appropriate dietary supplements are available at the pharmacy.
Lack of vitamin B
Another reason for the PMS symptoms, scientists discuss an insufficient supply of vitamin B6. This vitamin is involved in the formation of the messengers serotonin and dopamine, which have a strong influence on the mood. Low serotonin levels are associated with depressive moods.
Also, a hormonal imbalance can empty the vitamin B6 stores in the liver and interfere with the formation of serotonin and dopamine. Vitamin B6 administration reduced PMS symptoms in several recent studies. Vitamin B6 is found in many foods, especially fish, whole grains, vegetables and meat.