Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a monthly struggle for many women around the world in their childbearing years. It is caused bynatural hormonal fluctuations which contribute to many mental and physical changes in the body. Many of the mood-related symptoms associated with PMS, such as irritability, anxiety, depression and fatigue, can be managed through natural supplements such as calcium, magnesium, B and E vitamins. Other effective treatments for mood-related PMS symptoms include anti-depressants and contraceptives.
There is a growing body of evidence showing links between depression and low vitamin D levels. A recent study in the Journal of Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology assessed 158 women aged 15-21 over a 4-month period to determine whether vitamin D was effective in treating PMS-related mood disorders. Half of the group was assigned to the vitamin D group, and the other half to a placebo group. Patients in the vitamin D group reported less anxiety, irritability and sadness by the end of the study, whereas the placebo group reported no changes.
Although the sample size of this study was relatively small, the results demonstrate a significant decrease in severity of symptoms after four months of regular vitamin D intake. This means that vitamin D may be an appropriate part of a natural health treatment plan for women experience severe PMS-related mood changes. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a myriad of different health issues, including depression, low estrogen levels, a weakened immune system, and aches and pains. Because it helps the body to absorb calcium, which has shown to lessen PMS symptoms, taking vitamin D alongside calcium and magnesium should be an effective way to mitigate PMS symptoms that are both physical and emotional. So, whether directly or indirectly, taking a vitamin D supplement is likely to contribute to lessening the severity of mood-and pain-related PMS symptoms.