Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!

I have been suffering from worsening (like WAY worse) PMS symptoms for the past few months now. At first, I figured it was only due to the stress I have been from this whole pandemic situation. Thinking about it more has made me change my tune a little bit though.

I remembered about a year ago now that I had been looking up supplements to help my PMS symptoms. Vitamin B6 was one of the things I saw that could be of assistance. This prompted me to buy bottles of it and take it every day.

Back in January of this year, I abruptly stopped taking them for whatever reason. The other day I saw a bottle of them in the closet and it got me wondering. Could me not getting enough vitamin B6 in my daily life anymore be part of the cause of my intense PMS?

I decided to look into this vitamin a little more and discuss it in this post!

Why B6 supplementation for women and their hormones

Us women go through a lot each month when it comes to our hormones changing during our cycles. Some do have it easier than others though.

If you are like me, you might feel like you suffer way too much leading up to your period!

Something that is infuriating for women who suffer from PMS symptoms each month is the fact that there are people who think it does not exist. Ugh! I am no scientist, but I swear that it exists. It just has to!

When looking up ways to reduce the severity of PMS, vitamin B6 is something that gets mentioned in addition to birth control, diet and exercise. There is research showing it being effective in this regard.

The research articles conclude that supplementing with vitamin B6 may help women with physical PMS symptoms (bloating, breast pain, cramps, acne and headaches), mental PMS symptoms (moodiness, sadness, anxiety and irritability) and morning sickness (it could probably help with PMS nausea that some women feel).

It is thought that vitamin B6 may increase progesterone levels. The signs of low progesterone include mood changes, headaches, bloating and cramps. Sound familiar, huh?). This could be the reason as to why it may help women with hormonal related discomforts.

In a couple of studies it was also shown that combining this vitamin with magnesium increased the effectiveness of it in the reduction of PMS symptoms.

When taking vitamin B6 as a supplement, it is best to not take more than 100 mg per day. This is due to there being incidences of nerve damage when going beyond that amount. Foods high in vitamin B6 are salmon, lean beef, chicken, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocadoes, dairy products, broccoli, beans and lentils.

I have begun to take it again!

I am interested in seeing if adding B6 back into my diet will do anything for me. These days, I need all the help I can get when it comes to the severity of my PMS symptoms.  I have been dealing with intense anxiety, panic attacks, irritability (more than usual), increased breast pain and severe nausea again.

For the past three days, I have been taking 50 mg with my midday snack. I haven’t noticed anything yet, but I am guessing it will take a while if it is going to help at all.  

Because chickpeas are considered high in vitamin B6, I will be using up the copious amounts that we have in the pantry. I found some great recipes on Pinterest that use them. This is the one I will be trying this week:

How bad is your PMS and what symptoms do you get each month? Also, how do you deal with them?

As always, thanks for reading this!

#pms  #womenshealth  #periodproblems  #vitamins  #supplements  #covid19  #stayathome


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