Here at The Pampered Period Box we strive to offer up remedies that help the body do what it is made to do, rather than remedies that simply numb the symptoms. To that end, one of the easiest remedies to try is B12 for PMS relief along with a B Complex for PMS as well.
We all need Vitamin B (complex) to survive, but it’s not an easy nutrient to keep in the body. All B complexes save for B12 flush out of the body continually, so it’s common for people to be deficient in these nutrients which contribute to a long list of symptoms. B12 is a bit easier in that our body is able to store it, but it’s not something that is readily available in everyday foods.
Symptoms Of Low B12 and B Complex Levels
- Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- A smooth tongue
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas
- Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking
- Vision loss
- Depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes
- Susceptibility to infections
- Skin rashes (dermatitis)
- Hormonal imbalance
This list is by no means comprehensive!
B12 And B Complex For PMS
There are a variety of triggers that set off PMS. It’s different for every body and finding the source can take some deep internal attention over the course of our changing lives. That said, it’s always wise to start with possible depletion or nutritional deficiencies. Nothing feels as liberating as taking in a nutrient that your body is lacking and viscerally feel your entire being shift. I’ve had this happen with B12 and with MSM for joint issues unrelated to PMS.
So what does B12 and B Complex do for your menstrual health and potentially curbing some of those PMS symptoms? Check it:
- B1 or thiamine works at converting glucose to energy, supports the cardiovascular, muscular and nervous system and can boost energy and mood during PMS.
- B2 or riboflavin helps your body build red blood cells and support other cellular functions that give you energy. This both supports your energy levels during your period as well as your bodies recovery from the blood loss involved in bleeding.
- B3 or niacin enhances oxygenation and nutrients and that leads to less fatigue, less cramping and less mood swings during your period. A deficiency of this vitamin can lead to a particularly difficult cycle with high irritability and anxiety.
- B5 or panthothenic acid is a stress reducer and it also leads to elevated energy. It is a neurotransmitter enhancer and it helps fight sleep disturbances associated with PMS along with taking the edge off of mood swings.
- B6 or pyridoxal is a potent assistant in helping to regulate periods that might be irregular. It helps with fluid rendition, irritability and sugar cravings. It is possible to take too much of B6 so it’s important to consult your health care professional on what dosages would be best for you. That said, most supplements on the market that include B6 do so at levels that are safe for most.
- B7 or biotin helps with the manufacturing of hormones that helps with the hormonal imbalance that happens during PMS and your period. It is also involved in producing amino acids and helps with fatigue, but likely most importantly it helps reduce pain from cramps.
- B9 or folic acid is very involved with the metabolic processes of the body. It aids in combatting depression, anxiety and mood swings along with regulating sleep and appetite.
- B12 or cobalamins is one of the most important vitamins and minerals in the body. It is used by every system in the body and can produce an almost immediate energy boost in women experiencing PMS. It also improves mental functions which can help clear that mind fog that sometimes comes over us while we are bleeding.
Taking B12 And B Complex For PMS Support
In our May 2017 box we sent out Solgar’s B12/BComplex drops. A great company with high quality product, it’s definitely worth a try. The beauty of approaching PMS discomfort remedies in this way (Nourishment as opposed to masking symptoms) is that you end up also feeding other parts of your body and life that were depleted and in need of a boost. B12 and B complex supports just about every system in your body and given that it’s so hard to keep in our systems, supplementation can be a tremendous support to your over all health and functioning.
As always, check with your professional health care provider to not only check for what nutrient deficiencies you might have, but also what dosage might be optimal for you and your body.