Here is something you may not have considered: when you are having your period and bleeding more than usual you are losing iron and unless you make up that iron from another source you can experience the symptoms of iron deficiency which include tiredness and sluggishness.
Besides Your Period, your general lifestyle also increases your need for vitamins and minerals
For example, is you are stressed – about work, about your relationship, about money, etc. – your need for Zinc and the B Vitamins increases.
Now let’s go back to your period. The truth is if you are experiencing PMS that’s a sign that your body is having difficulty regulating hormones and keeping your levels of vitamins and minerals at optimum levels.
The right herbal supplement can make you feel better. It’s the same with pregnancy and other conditions. Supplements can keep you from going into a deficiency state and experiencing all the negative effects of that.
Remember, when you are going through difficult times, either physically or mentally, it is taxing on your body and your need for vitamins and minerals increases.
What you don’t want to do is turn to prescription medications or even over-the-counter drugs because these place additional burdens on your body because they are not natural (like herbs).
Medications have to be detoxified by your liver, and not coincidentally, it’s the liver that is in need of cleansing with PMS.
So what supplements should you take for your period (particularly menstrual cramps)?
Look for a supplement that contains all that your body needs. Here is a list of ingredients that should be included in the formula:
• Vitamin A – Shortens infections of the reproductive tract.
• Vitamin B Complex (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine,
folic acid, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B12):
• Thiamine fosters a positive attitude and stabilizes your appetite.
• Riboflavin produces enzymes to break down and metabolize the food you eat.
• Niacin helps you synthesize sex hormones.
• Vitamin B5 (or pantothenic acid) helps you handle stress.
• Vitamin B6 is important for the regulation of blood sugar levels.
• Vitamin B12 – if you are deficient in this vitamin it can cause menstrual disturbances, difficulty sleeping, depression, nervous irritability and memory loss.
• Vitamin C – Helps you make new red blood cells and is needed in higher amounts when you’re under stress.
• Vitamin D3 – Helps you absorb calcium. Low levels of calcium can contribute to cramping. Many people are deficient in Vitamin D and don’t realize it, studies show.
• Vitamin E – Prevents blood clots from forming.
If you battle uncomfortable menstrual cramps or feel tired during your period, you should consider taking a high-quality period vitamin or supplement. Your health, and energy, could really benefit.