Researchers recently revealed that Pycnogenol, a natural plant extract, can reduce monthly period pain. Millions of women suffer with varying degrees of menstrual cramping pains every month and have to take pain medication for it. The new study showed that by taking Pycnogenol the women in the trial experienced less pain and needed less medication during menstruation.
The period pains suffered by many women are thought to be due to increased levels of inflammation in the body. The inflammation is caused by a substance called prostaglandin, a natural hormone, that is produced by the cells of the lining of the womb. Women who experience the worst period pain have higher levels of prostaglandin.
While Pycnogenol acts as an anti-inflammatory and clearly is of benefit there are some additional nutritional remedies that can be used so that anti-inflammatory pain medication can often be avoided completely.
Omega 3 oils are well known for their anti-inflammatory action and will help lessen menstrual pain. Up to 6 grams of a pure fish oil can be taken daily for 2 -3 months to build up the levels of the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. The dose can be reduced after this.
The mineral magnesium is frequently low in women who experience period pain. Magnesium is the great muscle relaxing mineral. A supplement of 400mg a day of a good absorbable form such as Magnesium Glycinate is a good natural remedy for period pain. Foods high in magnesium include nuts, seeds,
spinach, yogurt, wheat germ, and whole grains.
Vitamin B6 100mg a day is often used with Magnesium as it can help get it into the cells.
Vitamin B1 at a level of 100 mg a day was used in one trial to produce excellent results in women suffering from dysmenorrhea.
Vitamin E 400 to 800 IU per day can improve blood supply to muscles and help to ease pain.
Diet plays an important part too. Saturated fats found in dairy products and red and fatty meat increase inflammatory prostaglandins and should be avoided. Processed and junk foods, sugar and coffee deplete the body of nutrients and should be replaced with pure water, herbal, fruit and green tea, fresh fruit, vegetables, low fat free range or organic animal protein or beans & lentils for vegetarians and whole grains.
By following a whole program of healthy diet with Pycnogenol, few natural remedies and stress reduction for a 3 month trial you can be free from period pain.