Evening Primrose Oil and PMS
It is astonishing to hear how many women suffer from PMS and have not yet found a reliable means of dealing with the condition. Granted, it only lasts for about five to seven days, but considering that this condition repeats itself each and every month, it is noteworthy that as of yet no reliable means of counteracting it has been found. Some women have begun to rely on over the counter painkillers as an answer for the bloating, headaches, back pain, and related aches and discomfort.
The problem these painkillers present is evident to anyone reading though the list of side effects as well as ingredients. There is too much risk associated with these substances and the effectiveness is questionable at best. What is more, the pain relief varies from month to month, and while PMS may be a constant, other factors in the life of the woman seriously call into question the reliability of a wide array of over the counter drugs, even if they specify that they had been formulated specifically for this one purpose.
Evening primrose oil is a natural substance that is derived from the plant with the same name. It is said to positively affect the cramping that makes up the majority of the PMS symptoms, as well as the fatigue, mood swings, and emotional upheaval. Evening primrose oil is an over the counter dietary supplement. The Food and Drug Administration has not researched any claims with respect to its effectiveness for PMS; thus, the substance cannot be marketed with such claims or promises. Nevertheless, speak to anyone who routinely suffers from PMS and has tried evening primrose oil, and the odds are good that they will offer up rave reviews.
Ingesting evening primrose oil is easy. It usually comes in 500 mg soft gel caplets and with about 50 in the average bottle, it is a cost-effective means of keeping PMS symptoms at bay. Dosing varies, depending on the intensity of the PMS related aches and pains, but generally speaking, three to five soft gels will see a woman through the day. In some cases, she may also receive a sufficient dose with only one soft gel.
When buying evening primrose oil soft gels, it is crucial to purchase organically derived compounds whenever possible. This ensures that no herbicides, heavy metals, and other undesirable substances dilute or adversely affect the effectiveness of the soft gels. Another caveat is any medical condition that may exist. Women suffering health issues, women who are pregnant, or women who are nursing must always discuss the use of any dietary supplements with their physician. Moreover, when first taking the evening primrose oil, do so with a minimum dosage to gage the effects.
In some cases women may be allergic to some of the ingredients or the effects of the oil itself. The most commonly noted side effect is upset stomach. Headaches have been reported into a few cases as well. Positive side effects that are also reported are a lowering in cholesterol and also a reduction of aches associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
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