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ADVERTORIAL: dr. john’s corner Premenstrual relief With an estimated 80% of menstruating women experiencing some degree of premenstrual discomfort and 30% clinically significant symptoms, A discussion of how to rein in these symptoms is appropriate. The cause of PMS can be multi factual and not all conditions respond the same. Primary causes are hormonal, neuronal, and dietary. In many cases, diet change corrects the other two. Deficiencies of both thiamin and riboflavin influence PMS, but vitamin B-6 is most needed when treating PMS. Although research suggests 100 mg makes the most impact, the form of B-6 is most important. Food based nutrition carrying B-6 in combination with co-factors has proven the greatest benefit. Whole food nutrition triumphs over the high potency supplements. Regulation of hormones through the liver is B-6 dependent. Estrogen and caffeine compete for clearance by B-6. This is why caffeine aggravates PMS cases. B-6 has been shown to reduce the mood symptoms connected with PMS. Besides PMS, depression, non-hormonal in nature can be improved with B-6. Oral contraceptives deplete B-6. Considering clearance pathways of the liver, an oral contraceptive just increases the burden of hormone clearance at the liver. Because of increased demand on B-6, we can see reduced liver enzymes suggesting reduced function. Often women with PMS crave chocolate due to it’s magnesium content. Magnesium has been greatly researched for PMS, especially since it’s involved in over 300 enzymatic processes. Unfortunately half the United States population is deficient in magnesium and doesn’t even meet the RDA for it. Magnesium has shown to improve PMS related mood symptoms as well as dealing with many issues of dysmenorrhea (painful menses). These are but a small list of treatments we can provide. Dr. John A. Briggs Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine specializing in complete family health care 20 nE LILLIch - cLATskAnIE, OR 97016 (503)728-4732

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