The biochemical cause of menstrual cramps are the hormone like chemicals known as series-2 prostaglandins. They trigger the contractions in the muscular wall of the uterus, or womb. The over the counter drugs also helps a lot in eliminating the pain but you develop dependency and tolerance over time.
By knowing how to eliminate some foods that you eat which actually trigger the formation of these hormones, you will significantly reduce your incidence of menstrual cramp pain. There are also some food that actually halts the production of these prostaglandins.
It is advised to cut the fats that you eat since it determines in large part the susceptibility to cramps. If you are taking drugs to reduce the severity of cramps but you feed the biochemical pathways that cause cramps, you are working cross purposes.
An herbal formula using tinctures of black haw, ginger, valerian and motherwort is very effective for relieving menstrual cramps. Valerian is a general relaxant, black haw specifically relaxes the uterus and ginger moves the life-energy or what is called he chi. Motherwort helps restore health in almost any situation of gynecological imbalance.
The omega-3 fatty acids controls cramp causing chemicals. While the arachidonic acid in red meat and dairy products stimulates series-2 prostaglandins and causes cramps, a component of another type of fat-the omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fatty fish and oils-keeps those prostaglandins trapped in cells.
The Vitamin B6 helps the body convert fatty acids to a form that helps produce pain-relieving chemicals. It’s recommended to take a daily dose of 50 to 100 milligrams as part of the vitamin B complex supplement which also helps reduce cramping.
Vitamin C is also needed to reduce fatigue. It works by dilating the blood vessels bringing more circulation and oxygen to the uterine walls.
So you see, there are other ways to beat the pain that is being endured by most women during their menstrual periods. It’s not supposed to be painful but when it happens, watch what you eat and stay in good health.
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