Many natural remedies have been suggested as options for managing the symptoms of premenstrual symptoms. One well-known study suggests that one simple, inexpensive and easily accessible supplement could be an effective way of managing the pain and discomfort most commonly associated with days 14-28 (the luteal phase) of the menstrual cycle: calcium. Researchers have been looking into calcium as a therapeutic PMS option after having discovered the possibility that PMS symptoms may be linked to changes in the way the body regulates calcium.
To test out the theory, 497 healthy women of childbearing age were chosen from medical centers throughout the U.S, and tested for severity and regularity of PMS symptoms. Women were monitored throughout several cycles based on chemistry, blood cell count and urine as well as how regularly they took medications or whether they had adverse effects to any drugs. They were told to evaluate and report their symptoms through two cycles using a list of 17 common symptoms such as mood swings, anger, tension, worthlessness and poor concentration. The randomly-assigned treatment group women were administered 1200mg of calcium carbonate during each day throughout the course of three menstrual cycles.
The results of this double-blind and placebo-controlled study which tested females of varying body types and ages show that the groups given calcium supplements reported a far lower symptoms score than those without, and by the third cycle symptoms were lowered by a surprising 48 percent, whereas the placebo group dropped by 30 percent. The researchers concluded that calcium is most likely an effective and low-risk option for home treatment for various PMS symptoms for women who have symptoms during the luteal phase of their menstrual cycle, when most women are prone to experiencing the worst symptoms of the cycle.