New study reveals you can slash PMS nearly 60% with this kitchen spice

/New study reveals you can slash PMS nearly 60% with this kitchen spice

New study reveals you can slash PMS nearly 60% with this kitchen spice

curcuminDread your premenstrual week because of see-sawy emotions, irritability, down moods, bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, insomnia or other hormone-related woes?

A new randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine reveals an easy way to reduce bothersome pre-period symptoms:

Take a supplement containing 100 mg. of the spice curcumin (the compound in turmeric that gives curry and mustard their yellow color) twice daily–12 hours apart–on the seven days preceding your period and on the first three days of your period.

In the study, 32 women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) who received curcumin supplements on these days for three consecutive cycles experienced a nearly 60% reduction in premenstrual symptoms. Compare that to the 31 women in the placebo group who experienced just a 14.45% improvement.

What makes curcumin effective at battling so many different types of premenstrual problems? Compounds in the spice limit the body’s output of prostaglandins–chemicals behind the many unpleasant physical effects leading up to and during your period. And, they balance out mood-regulating brain chemicals, including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, according to the study authors.

While this study was small, if you struggle with PMS and want to avoid problems associated with over-the-counter pain pills, curcumin supplements certainly seem worth trying.

You can find curcumin supplements in health food stores and Amazon.com.

[Note: Do not take curcumin if you have diabetes or a bleeding disorder. Visit WebMD for more information about this supplement.]

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About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.

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