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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Calcium and Vitamin D Deficiency linked to PMS

A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts in Amherst that stated women with a higher intake of calcium and vitamin D are at a lower risk for the anxiety, depression, headaches and abdominal cramps associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
The report said up to 20 percent of women experience symptoms severe enough to meet the definition of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, including anxiety, depression, headaches and abdominal cramps. The study looked at the diets and supplement use of 1,057 women aged 27 to 44 years who reported developing PMS over the course of 10 years. The same data was compared to that taken from another group of 1,968 women who reported having no symptoms of PMS or only minimal symptoms.
Gary Moller Comments: The list of ailments that has vitamin D deficiency implicated as a leading factor grows by the day. If you are a woman who suffers unduly from PMS, go see your Dr and ask to have your vitamin D levels tested. If the reult that comes back is less than 50, you definitely have something to work on. If your Dr wants you to take a vitamin D pill, consider the natural alternative first. The way Nature intened is to go and sunbathe a few minutes each side 3-4 times a week.

Sunbathing is a safe way to boost your D levels because your body has natural mechanisms for limiting over-production from sunlight. These mechanisms do not work with medication. Take care not to sunburn and get your D levels retested at regular intervals so that you know how effective your measures are.

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