The Ingredients that matter for PMS
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects a woman's emotions, physical health, and behaviour during certain days of the menstrual cycle, generally just before menses. PMS is a very common condition and its symptoms affect more than 90 percent of menstruating women. PMS symptoms start five to 11 days before menstruation and typically go away once menstruation begins. The cause of PMS is unknown, however, many researchers believe that it’s related to a change in both sex hormone and serotonin levels at the beginning of the menstrual cycle.
3 of the most important minerals and vitamins known to ease the symptoms of PMS are Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid).
ActiveMg contains all 3 of these ingredients in sufficient quantities to provides more than your daily RDI. In addition to these 3 mainstream natural elements, the use of a plant extract known as Cramp Bark is added, to provide the relief from spasmodic cramping, often experienced during PMS.
How does it work?
ActiveMg, at the full dose rate of 3 capsules per day, provides 300mg of elemental magnesium, 900 mcg of Folate (Vitamin B9) and 60mg of Vitamin B6.
Magnesium has been found to ease migraine headaches, sugar cravings, low blood sugar and dizziness associated with PMS. Magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral. Magnesium calms the nervous system and reduces the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The result is less anxiety, less cortisol, and a better capacity to cope with stress.
Vitamin B6 is an extremely versatile vitamin that’s involved in more than 100 enzyme reactions. It not only helps produce neurotransmitters, it also performs many other important tasks like regulating how hormones work, bolstering immune functions, and playing a pivotal role in metabolism. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain that regulate mood, and feelings of well-being. B6 has the unique ability to increase amounts of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
Vitamin B9 (as folic acid) assists in the treatment of mood swings, depression and anxiety. This is because it works in the nervous system and brain and it is a necessary component in the making of norepinephrine and serotonin. Because folic acid helps stimulate blood flow it is also important in the treatment of Migraine headaches that are often experienced during the PMS cycle.
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) – the name comes from its use as a pain treatment for cramps, particularly menstrual cramps. Overall, cramp bark is said to have antispasmodic, sedative, relaxant and astringent properties. Research from in vitro studies reveals that cramp bark can block the spasms of smooth muscle. It has been known to help soothe even severe cramping that is associated with nausea, vomiting, and sweaty chills.