Herbs - PMS Relief
by John Gibb
be overwhelmed by the various supplements. Choosing an herbal supplement that is
of high quality can be difficult because supplements in general are not standardized.
This leaves room for the manufacturer's to put almost anything they want in the
supplements including additives, preservatives, and fillers. As you may have seen in
the media, some companies list ingredients that are not even in their supplements.
With this in mind, let's take a look at what you should look for in a high quality
supplement.

Read the label. I know you have heard that in reference to food for nutrition content.
Herbal supplements are no different. The herbs should be standardized herbal
extracts. There are a couple of reasons for this: this ensures that you are getting the
same amount (dose) of ingredients from one capsule to the next and also this is
where the most active ingredients of the herbs are found.

With the easy availability to the Internet, you can check out the manufacturers' sites.
You will likely find very detailed information on their product and how it's made. There
are some companies that put the complete product label on their sites with links to a
page or more that describe the ingredients and how they work.

The highest quality herbs are put through extensive testing including testing the
metabolic paths of the ingredients' at the molecular level. The ingredients'
interactions are examined as well. These testing processes also help to guarantee the
safety, effectiveness, and purity of the supplement. There should be no additives,
preservatives, or fillers.

Herbs PMS Relief

There are a number of herbs that are known to benefit the symptoms of PMS. Some
of the most popular herbs include Black Cohosh. It is effective because it helps to
lower the level of a hormone called the luteinizing hormone that in higher levels are
believed to cause a lot of the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and
menopause.

Red Clover extract acts in a similar manner to Black Cohosh although it's not as well
known. It contains isoflavones that are comparable to estrogens (a female
hormone). Chasteberry is popular in Europe. It has estrogen and progesterone 'like'
compounds.

It may work in a similar manner as Black Cohosh in lowering luteinizing hormone.
Dong quai has been around for centuries and has been used in the Native American
culture and may act like estrogen. Wild yam is believed to be a natural estrogenic
replacement. It may be effective in treating post-menopausal vaginal dryness as well
as in treating PMS.

Conclusion

Herbs can be very beneficial in Herbal supplements
are not standardized and therefore there can be a wide gap in the content and
amount of active ingredients in some supplements. In the news media, it has been
reported that some companies actually list ingredients that are not in the supplement.

The highest quality herbal supplements will use only standardized herbal extracts. This
guarantees that the quality is the same from capsule to capsule. Standardized herbal
extracts also where the active ingredients of the herbs are found. They will also have
been rigorously tested and will have no fillers, preservatives, or additives. If you need
assistance, your pharmacist may be able to help or lead to resources that can.


About The Author

John Gibb is a nutrition enthusiast with over ten years of nutrition education and has
now become a freelance writer. Currently, he focuses on information articles focused
on women's health and fitness. Read more at
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As you may already know, there are
prescriptions available and over the
counter medications to help ease the
symptoms of PMS - premenstrual
syndrome that affects many women.
These medications have side effects,
some serious, that may occur and
many women seek to avoid these
side effects. There are natural
treatments available including herbs
and herbal supplements.

How to Choose a Supplement

Walking down the
vitamin/supplement aisle, it is easy to
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