It Doesn’t Have to be Painful
Up to 85% of menstruating women experience some manifestation of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). From headaches to bloating, breast tenderness to cramps, these irritating and often painful symptoms occur as a result of the hormonal shift that takes place as the body readies itself for menstruation.
The chemical messenger of particular interest is prostaglandin E1, normally made from GLA. In women who suffer from PMS, low levels of prostaglandin have been reported. In many women, this imbalance can be attributed to the body’s inability to properly produce its own GLA.
Clinical research suggests that taking 400 mg of GLA daily may effectively restore the balance. Women who supplement with GLA regularly have reported relief from cramps, breast pain and tenderness.