If you’re one of the millions of women troubled by pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and the cramping, food cravings, bloating and irritability that strike once a month, and looking for something to help, I may have good news for you. A recent article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women who took 1200 mg of calcium carbonate cut the severity of their symptoms by almost half. This supplement reduced the depression and mood swings in PMS by 45%. In an interesting twist, the group in the study that received a placebo complained of 15% more generalized aches, while the group that took the calcium had a 54% reduction.
These results led the researchers to suggest that PMS may be a way of determining a woman’s low calcium status and could even be a predictor of those at risk for the development of osteoporosis.
Calcium Carbonate and PMS
While the link to calcium and PMS symptoms has been noted before, this particular study is very well done and conclusively shows that women who take calcium can markedly improve the symptoms of PMS. This will be a great relief for women who would prefer to take a supplement rather than a prescription drug. However, how the calcium works in minimizing symptoms is not completely understood.
Talk to your doctor about this regimen if you suffer from PMS. Taking calcium carbonate is a simple, effective, and economic way to treat PMS. And you get a bonus – you can ward off osteoporosis to boot.