Of course, as we are gathering all those school supplies, we don’t want to forget the nutrient support our kids may also need for the coming school year. The Betsy’s Team is ready to answer your product questions concerning our supplements for children and teens as well as your own supplement needs.
Once Mom gets a chance to settle into the new school year routine, she just may find time to pamper herself. These articles on nutrients for women may hold a few clues on just the way for a woman you know to meet the nutritional needs created by a busy summer.
Nutrients ease menstrual pain, depression
Ginger safely reduces menstrual pain
In Canada and the UK, doctors prescribe mefenamic acid, an NSAID, for menstrual pain, but this type of medicine can have harsh side effects. In this study, 122 female students with moderate to severe menstrual pain took 250 mg of ginger root capsules every six hours, or 250 mg of mefenamic acid every eight hours, from the onset of menstruation through two pain-free monthly cycles.
At the start of the study, women in both groups averaged moderately high pain. After one month, both groups averaged mild to moderate pain, and after two months, reported having only mild pain on average, with ginger as effective as NSAIDs.
Reference: Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics; November, 2014, Published Online
More vitamin D, less depression
“Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency occur at high rates in healthy young women,” doctors said, noting low vitamin D levels are linked to depressive symptoms. In this study, 185 female undergraduates living in the Pacific Northwest during fall, winter and spring academic terms reported depressive symptoms weekly for four weeks. Doctors measured vitamin D levels at weeks one and five.
Nearly half the women started the study with low levels of vitamin D, and levels declined for all women from fall through winter. Depressive symptoms also increased, causing doctors to suggest a link to low levels of vitamin D. Women of color were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D and to have greater depressive symptoms.
Doctors said seasonal changes in vitamin D may be an underappreciated cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and that taking vitamin D supplements is simple, affordable, and safe.
Reference: Psychiatry Research; 2015, Vol. 227, No. 1, 46-51
Healthy Hair: Nutrients help women maintain healthy hair
Omega-3s and antioxidants
Healthy hair needs a reliable supply of hair-matrix cells, which it receives from the papilla at the base of the hair follicle. Inflammation and impaired circulation can starve the hair follicle of this nutrient-rich blood supply, leading to hair loss.
In this study, 120 healthy women of normal to overweight had typical stage-1 hair loss, where they were losing up to 100 strands of hair per day. The women took a placebo or a combination of 460 mg of omega-3 fish oil, 460 mg of black currant seed oil, 7.5 IU of vitamin E, 30 mg of vitamin C, and 1 mg of lycopene per day.
After six months, while the placebo group continued to lose hair without improving, women who took the antioxidants had more hair follicles in the growth cycle and fewer in the resting cycle, and about nine in 10 saw less hair loss, greater hair diameter, and increased hair density.
Reference: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology; 2015, Vol. 14, No. 1, 76-82
Betsy’s Note: The supplements mentioned in this article also thin blood. Black currant seed oil may be phytoestrogenic. This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Consult your healthcare provider.
Article Copyright 2015 by Natural Insights for Well Being. All rights reserved. Used with permission.