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Vitamin D May Reduce PMS Pain by 41%

Posted By AnnA Rushton On March 12, 2012 @ 5:12 am In Features, PMS | 2 Comments

Women who are helping their PMS with bioidentical progesterone now have another important supplement to add to their regime. The importance of vitamin D for bone health is well known and over the last year there has been increasing evidence of its importance for boosting immunity and preventing disease. Now a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has found that women with PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome) may be able to eliminate their immobilizing cramps for up to two months by taking a single “mega-dose” of vitamin D.

Admittedly this is a small scale study of only 40 women, but Antonino Lasco, M.D., from the University of Messina in Italy gave this treatment to women who had experienced at least four consecutive painful menstrual periods within the six months prior to the study, and also had blood levels of vitamin D that were below what is increasingly being considered a normal, healthy level.   This is not to say they were unusual as it has been repeatedly reported that most people are now low in this essential vitamin -  particularly in the winter.

The women were divided into two groups and either given a single, oral dose of 300,000 international units (IUs) of cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D3, or a placebo.   They were given this for five days before they were expected to have their next menstrual period.  After two months, overall pain in the vitamin D group dropped by 41 percent, while no pain reduction was observed in the placebo group.   Even better news is that those with the worst pains had the most benefit.

This has important implications for how women with primary dysmenorrhea can treat their pain naturally without having to continually take NSAIDs and other pain medications, which can result in serious side effects.

CAUTION: 300,000 IU of vitamin D is ten times the recommended daily dose which is is a huge amount of vitamin D for the body to process and should not be taken unless under medical supervision.

Natural Help For PMS

Integrating additional vitamin D either at the daily recommended dose, or one dose under medical supervision, to alleviate menstrual pain instead of continually taking pharmaceutical drugs and painkillers seems an option to consider, but there are also other natural options available alongside this.

As oestrogen dominance is related to many of the symptoms of PMS then including bioidentical natural progesterone into a self help regime will be of benefit.  Also helpful are regular exercise and certain dietary measures such as increasing the amount of  fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and fish plus these:

  • Reducing sugar and salt intake and increasing foods rich in potassium, such as fish, beans, and broccoli.
  • Eating small, frequent meals to help stabilize blood sugar.
  • Eliminating caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety, depression, and breast tenderness.
  • Avoiding alcohol.
  • Eating less of fatty foods and red meat.

Plus there is another benefit for women in ensuring adequate Vitamin D levels as  that is associated with a lower risk of developing stress fractures in young girls and teenagers, particularly those involved in very active in high-impact activities, according to a report published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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