Water retention, mood swings, lower abdominal pain – premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a difficulty for many women. Studies have shown that there could be a link between PMS and magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium and PMS
Many women struggle with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Often the unpleasant complaint starts shortly after ovulation and continues until the beginning of menstruation – bringing with it lower abdominal pain, a bloated feeling, breast tension, headaches, water retention in the legs and abdomen, and increased irritability that clouds the mood and decreases quality of life.
The exact cause of these irritating symptoms has not yet been fully explained.
A lack of magnesium has been correlated with PMS
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Hormonal contraceptives can encourage the excretion of magnesium.
Decreased magnesium levels have been found in women who suffer from premenstrual complaints each month. Taking the contraceptive pill is a possible cause: hormonal contraceptives can cause an increase in magnesium excretion. As found in a study carried out at Greifswald University, younger women in particular are affected by insufficient magnesium levels.
Help with PMS? Magnesium and more
Tip: High-dose magnesium from the pharmacy
Women should take 300 mg of magnesium per day. Taking Biolectra® Magnesium 300 mg Direct once a day covers the daily requirement.* For added convenience, the micro-pellets can be taken without water.
A sufficient magnesium intake can alleviate the typical PMS symptoms. For example, magnesium, among other substances, relaxes the uterine muscles and can thereby prevent abdominal pain before and during menstruation. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, Tai Chi, or autogenic training are also helpful – each woman should try to find the method that suits her best. In many cases, sports activities also bring about an improvement. Regular exercise releases muscle cramps and stimulates the circulation.
* Dosage recommendation of the German Nutrition Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung, DGE) for women aged 25 years and older.