Essential oil pill prevents PMS

Jan 17, 2011

A pill containing a mix of essential oils has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Health tested the tablets by carrying out a randomised, controlled trial in 120 women.

Edilberto Rocha Filho worked with a team of researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, to conduct the tests. He said, "The administration of 1 or 2 grams of essential fatty acids to patients with PMS resulted in a significant decrease in symptom scores. Furthermore, the administration of the did not result in any changes in the total in the patients evaluated".

Women who were given capsules containing 2 grams of a combination of gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, other polyunsaturated acids and reported significantly eased PMS symptoms at both 3 and 6 months after they began the treatment. Few adverse events were recorded and these were mild, insignificant and did not appear to be directly related to the medication. Speaking about the results, Rocha Filho said, "The negative effect of PMS on a woman's routine activities and quality of life may be significant, in addition to the repercussions on economic costs resulting predominantly from a reduction in productivity. Essential oil capsules can now be said to show much promise as a treatment".

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gwrede
1 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2011
There has to be a pill for everything.

Still, you can get the same combination of fatty acids and vitamin E from two tablespoons of virgin canola oil.

I used to pay mounds of money to the pharmacy to get capsules of North Sea cod liver oil from Norway, till I found out the same good stuff is in this mundane oil at the grocery store, at a fraction of the price.

Yes, it tastes gross as such, but I use it for cooking and salads.
ironjustice
not rated yet Jan 18, 2011
It may also be accomplished by a vegetarian diet ?

"Fatty acid profile of human saliva: a possible indicator of dietary fat intake."
"Twenty adults of both sexes, with mixed (M) or vegetarian (V) diets were studied."
"A greater salivary concentration of alpha-linolenic acid (18:3 n-3) (2.82) was found in V / vegetarian than in M / meat subjects"