If you frequently suffer from PMS bloating, there is help available. In this article we are going to look at three natural solutions that you can use:
- Herbal supplements for menstrual bloating
- Vitamin supplements for PMS bloating
- Mineral supplements for period bloating
Relieve Menstrual Bloating with Natural Herbs
Throughout human history, herbs have played an important role in giving women relief from PMS bloating. Those herbs still work today.
Only now, instead of going to an herbalist or a “witch doctor,” women can just go to the local health food store or pharmacy. But what herbs should you look for? Here are three that have been shown to be very effective over the years:
Red raspberry – this herb is a hormone balancer so if your menstrual bloating is being caused by out of balance hormones, which is often the case, the herb will help. One way to enjoy the benefits of this herb is by drinking a cup of red raspberry tea.
Wild Yam – This herb, or food, if you prefer, also helps regular female hormones. It provides a natural source of progesterone which can help reduce bloating.
Chasteberry – this herb helps relieve PMS bloating by balancing estrogen and progesterone, which are both reproductive hormones.
Relieve PMS Bloating with Vitamins
One of the best ways to take vitamins for bloating is to get a period vitamin that contains several beneficial vitamins in one formula.
A good period vitamin should contain: Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 since these both are diuretics. It should also have Vitamin B1 and niacin because deficiency of these can contribute greatly to PMS bloating as well as other digestive system complaints.
Another option besides a period vitamin would be to take a Vitamin C tablet and a B complex supplement. Still a comprehensive period vitamin will be more convenient and less expensive.
One note: when taking B complex, don’t take it too late in the day as it can keep you awake at night. Most experts say you should not take it after 4 p.m.
Relieve Period Bloating with Minerals
Several minerals can also have beneficial effects on PMS bloating. For example, calcium, which is also good for depression, mood swings and PMS pain, has been shown to reduce bloating. In fact, a recent study at a major medical center in Boston showed just that. The study recommended that women take 800 mg calcium daily.
Another mineral that is good for PMS bloating is magnesium.
This mineral reduces inflammation in the body as well as swelling and it has also been shown to reduce PMS symptoms, including bloating.
Studies have shown that many people are low in magnesium, so you should plan on taking 400 mg to 500 mg a day.
One more mineral that can reduce period bloating is boron.
This mineral helps the body make estrogen and progesterone. If you are low in boron you can have hormone irregularities, which can lead to bloating. Take a 3 mg dose of boron per day.
For more information on herbs, vitamins and minerals please consult with your physician or a qualified nutritionist or herbalist.