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Relieve PMS Symptoms.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998;179:444-452
supplements can reduce the physical and psychological
symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by
almost 75%, according to a study in
the August issue of the American Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynecology.
12 hospitals across the US surveyed 720 women
between the ages of 18 and 45 and found 466
who reported having moderate to severe premenstrual
symptoms on a regular basis, including mood
swings, depression, breast tenderness, cramps
and other symptoms. The researchers randomly
assigned the women to take either 1200 milligrams
of calcium per day in the form of a calcium
carbonate supplement or a placebo containing
After 3 months,
women who took the calcium supplements noted
a 68% drop in overall PMS symptoms,
compared with a 30% drop in the placebo group,
the researchers report.
Women in the calcium
group reported a 50% reduction in mood
swings and depression, compared with
28% in the placebo group. Generalized aches
and pains, back pain and cramping dropped by
64% after 3 months of calcium supplements,
but increased by about 15% in women taking placebo.
The effects were noticed during the phase of
the menstrual cycle just before menstruation,
known as the luteal phase.
The lead author
of the paper, Dr. Susan Thys-Jacobs, of St.
Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York,
points out that the symptoms of PMS -- cramping,
depression and irritability -- are similar to
those of prolonged calcium deficiency. "Calcium
supplementation might replenish an underlying
deficiency in the body's calcium levels due
to shifts in calcium-sensitive hormone during
the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle,'' she
told Reuters Health.
The federally recommended
level of calcium intake for women of child-bearing
age is at least 1000 milligrams a day. Dairy
products, green leafy vegetables and fortified
foods are good sources of calcium. According
to Thys-Jacobs, "The majority of women do not
consume enough of these foods to get even 500-700
milligrams a day.''
"I recommend women
address the calcium levels in their diet, by
eating dairy products and green leafy vegetables
such as spinach. Women who can't get enough
calcium in this way can take a calcium supplement
to make up the difference,'' she recommended.
supplements are usually needed to combat osteoporosis
since they can provide a greater amount of calcium
to the body to help rebuild bone mass.
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