joyAre you one of the millions of women who struggles with premenstrual irritability, sadness, breast tenderness, bloating, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, back pain or other symptoms?

The solution to decreasing your premenstrual suffering could be as easy as taking two supplements twice per day.

That’s the word from a new study in the Journal of Caring Sciences that found that taking 40 mg. of vitamin B6 and 500 mg. of calcium twice daily reduced physical symptoms by more than 50% and psychological symptoms by about 36% within eight weeks.

Credit goes to the way these two nutrients improve serotonin and tryptophan levels in the brain, the researchers explain, which impact mood, pain and sleep.

While both nutrients have been shown in previous studies to help ease premenstrual woes, the researchers found that combining them made their effects greater than taking either one alone.

Note: Before taking any new vitamins or supplements, talk with your health care provider or pharmacist and research them (for instance, by clicking the links on the nutrients above) to ensure they don’t interact with any medicines, supplements or herbs you currently take or affect a condition you have.

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