PMS / PMT is a highly personal experience, the symptoms are varied and inconsistent and how each person is affected by them is also unique. However we're no longer in the dark ages where GP's used to write people off as being neurotic and that's progress ... right?
A busy bit of brain
This seems to be borne out when we know that many of the symptoms of PMS/PMT such as sugar cravings, restlessness, flushes and irritability can be traced directly to the hypothalamus doing it's job. As previously mentioned, we'll go into each of these of these symptoms and the role of magnesium in more depth in more articles, this post is specifically about menstrual cramps.
Magnesium stimulates calcium to be released into the muscles causing them to relax. If magnesium is deficient this does not happen. It is thought that the muscle cells try to hang onto the calcium that is in short supply and that this contributes to the cramping.
The best way to understand the cause of painful cramps, then, is to realize that when either calcium or magnesium is in short supply, or when the two minerals are not in the correct proportion, cramps occur. This is an oversimplification but enough for what we need to know, and that is; magnesium deficiency is a bad thing if you suffer from menstrual cramps. Supplementation of magnesium is beneficial in treating cramps when they occur and defending against them recurring.
If you're taking magnesium orally, then this won't help as much because oral magnesium supplements lose up 95% of what you require. Our Amazing Oils Roll On can be applied directly to the affected area, soothing and releasing the muscle. A bath with Amazing Oils bath flakes is also a wonderful way to relieve all other aches and pains at the same time whiles getting clean too, bonus!
This is the first in series on Magnesium and PMS/PMT, also coming soon is a series about the menopause so make sure you check back often.