SAY GOOD BYE TO PRE-MENSTRUAL PAINS (DYSMENORRHEA)
Dysmenorrhea is a painful menstrual cramp which occurs in up to 50% of menstruating females and causes significant disruption in quality of life and absenteeism. But don’t worry I got good news for you. But before I do that let have an overview of the overall action.
HOW DOES IT (PRE-MENSTRUAL PAINS) HAPPEN
The uterus is a muscle. Like all muscles, it contracts and relaxes. Most uterine contractions are never noticed, but strong ones are painful. During strong contractions, the uterus may contract too strongly or too frequently, causing the blood supply to the uterus to be temporarily cut off. This deprives the muscle of oxygen, causing pain. This pain may be located in the abdomen or the back. In addition to painful uterine cramping with menses, women with dysmenorrhea may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, weakness, and/or fainting. Symptoms may vary in severity from cycle to cycle but generally continue throughout the reproductive years.
Furthermore, due to the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like compounds that function as mediators of a variety of physiological responses such as inflammation, and they made by cells in the inner lining of the uterus and other parts of the body. The prostaglandins made in the uterus make the uterine muscles contract and help the uterus shed the lining that has built up during the menstrual cycle. If excessive prostaglandins are produced, the woman may have excessive pain or dysmenorrhea with her menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins can also cause headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
SO, WHAT NEXT?
This is a nutritional based remedy for this incapacitating problem, causing significant disruption in a woman’s life each month.
HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS!
I guess you have heard for this micronutrient MAGNESIUM before, probably in elementary or secondary education. Ironically magnesium does not get the respect — or attention — it deserves. Two out of three Nigerians fail to consume the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium — 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men. Overlooked and underappreciated, magnesium is responsible for more than 700 enzyme-activated biochemical reactions
HOW DOES MAGNESIUM SILENCE THIS MONSTER?
Magnesium levels fluctuate during a woman’s cycle. The higher the estrogen or progesterone, the lower the magnesium, during the second half of the menstrual cycle, when both estrogen and progesterone are elevated, magnesium plummets. This can result in spasms in the brain arteries — a prelude to PMS and migraines.
Furthermore, let me take you deeper and broaden your horizon. Magnesium has a direct effect on vascular tone and can act physiologically to control and regulate the entry of calcium into smooth muscle cells, acting as a naturally occurring calcium channel blocker. Through controlling calcium, magnesium influences the contractility, tone, and relaxation of the uterine smooth muscle, also magnesium plays an important role in the conversion of linoleic acid (LA) to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), they are vital precursors of prostaglandins. The anti-inflammatory series prostaglandins are derived from LA, which is converted to GLA by the enzyme delta-6-desaturase (D6D), and then to dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA).Magnesium also increase the conversion of essential fatty acids to the anti-inflammatory series 1 PGs (prostaglandins).
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THIS HERO?
It will amaze you if I say this unknown hero is found right in the garden at your backyard they include; green vegetables, beans, potatoes, almonds, water melon, paw-paw and bananas. It should be taken in a scheduled manner. So if you can’t find them, go get some.
OUR HERO GOT ENEMIES TOO
While we aspire to live healthy every day, have it at the back of your mind that there some real bad guys around that could interfere with our hero’s activities. They include;
Excess saturated fats
Excess sugar intake
So stay clear from these enemies and live healthy.