Can I take something to alleviate premenstrual symptoms?

Written by and verified by the Research Team. Last updated on Jan 3, 2012.

PMS cramps can be alleviated or even eliminated with the following:

An approach to mitigate PMS pain would be:

  • Regularly eat fatty fish (wild salmon, herring, sardines, atlantic mackeral, shrimp, krill). If unable to eat enough, take Fish Oil supplementation.

  • Consider taking ZMA.


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