Supplement with vitamin E, essential fatty acids reduces PMS symptoms

Treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is never easy. And, the reason is that few substances have been shown to be effective. Nevertheless, there are some natural medications that may help women suffering with PMS.

WebMD reported, “A supplement containing vitamin E and essential fatty acids may help reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS),” according to a study published in the journal Reproductive Health.

“Of 120 women with PMS or the more severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), those who took one- or two-gram capsules of vitamin E and a combination of gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and other polyunsaturated acids daily showed marked improvements in their PMS symptoms at six months, compared to women who received dummy pills.”

Notably, “women who received the higher two-gram dose of the new supplement showed greater improvements in PMS symptoms than those who received the lower one-gram dose,” WebMD added.

Other natural medications (herbs, vitamins, or supplements) showing evidence of effectiveness in PMS, as rated by the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database include:

LIKELY EFFECTIVE

  • CALCIUM

POSSIBLY EFFECTIVE

  • BREWER’S YEAST
  • GINKGO
  • MAGNESIUM
  • PYRIDOXINE (VITAMIN B6)
  • SAFFRON
  • VITEX AGNUS-CASTUS

POSSIBLY INEFFECTIVE

  • EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
  • PROGESTERONE
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