Does Your Diet Have Enough Vitamin D & B to Alleviate PMS Symptoms?
Now that we have already introduced you to the basics of PMS, we wanted to take a moment and share how some of the nutrients in the Vitamin family (Vitamins D and B) can help keep your most dreaded PMS symptoms at bay!
Let’s take a sneak-peek into which nutrients are essential to overcome these symptoms.
Rightly called the Sunshine Nutrient, Vitamin D has well-established health benefits. The uniqueness of Vitamin D lies in the fact that it is a vitamin and also a hormone your body can make from sunlight. It is also fat-soluble.
A prolonged deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to depression, but a sufficient consumption can reduce mood swings that present themselves during PMS. During PMS, Vitamin D also acts as an immunity booster to protect the body against inflammation and pain.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B is a group of water-soluble vitamins. It was often mistaken for a single nutrient, but these vitamins have a special relationship with each other.
These vitamins include -
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
The B group of Vitamins play many important roles in our body. Most of us do get these amounts from a well-balanced diet. However, any single food cannot provide us all required nutrients with their minimum-required dosage. Certain physiological conditions such as PMS, pregnancy, lactation, alcoholism might need an extra focus on these nutrients. Since these are water soluble, the body does not store them. Hence a regular intake of these vitamins is necessary.
Vitamins B can be helpful in reducing PMS symptoms, due to their varied and specific functions. Thiamin acts in converting nutrients to energy, which reduces the fatigue caused during PMS. On the other hand, Riboflavin, Niacin etc. act as excellent sources of antioxidants, that help to reduce inflammation prevalent during PMS. Pantothenic acid helps in maintaining the hormonal imbalance that can be caused during PMS. While Folic acid can specifically help with healthy production of red blood cells and aid in proper flow, post PMS.
Most of these vitamins should be consumed regularly since these cannot be stored in our body.
And if you are looking for a product that is a comprehensive blend of these amazing Vitamins, do try &Me’s Happy Period Drink, that is available in Mango, Mixed Fruit flavor, and can be consumed on the go, during your heavy PMS and busy days.
Co-authored by research expert Nutrition Tattva