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Calcium Relieves Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
 By Neil Nedley, MD 

             Many women have an increase in anxiety and irritability in connection with their monthly cycle. The evidence shows that it is not all in their heads. In fact, recent re­search suggests that a calcium deficiency may be wholly or partly to blame in some women.

A three-trial study demonstrated that supplements of elemental calcium are ef­fective for relieving PMS-related mood and behavioral disturbances. Tests indicate that during the menstrual cycle, ovarian steroid concentrations rise, causing a depletion of calcium. Calcium supplementation in a dosage of 1,000 to 1,200 mg/day (a dosage commonly recommended to promote strong bones) may relieve PMS symptoms, including irritability, depression, anxiety, mood swings, bloating, social withdrawal, headache, and cramps. The calcium con­tent of foods is listed in Figure 22.

Calcium in Common Foods

Insuring adequate calcium intake or taking calcium supplements may help de­crease symptoms of a female condition that often has stress-connections. Interestingly, stress may increase PMS symptoms while PMS symptoms can become severe stressors which increases stress—another vicious cycle.

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