I can attest to the fact that Vitamin E does help with breast pain b4 your period~ PMS: Beating The Bloat Does it feel like your jeans suddenly shrunk? Are you feeling bloated? Or do you suddenly feel particularly irritated by the less than courteous drivers you encounter on your commute? If yes, you may be one of the 85% percent of women affected by premenstrual syndrome or PMS. PMS is described as the emotional and physical symptoms which affect many women one or two weeks before they begin their menstrual period. The exact cause of PMS is still not known, but environmental, hormonal, and metabolic changes are believed to be factors in PMS. Serotonin, a “feel good” chemical in the brain may also play a role, particularly in the cases of women affected with severe PMS. The good news is--In addition to eating healthy meals and exercise, there are many natural supplements that may help ease the discomfort associated with PMS. PMS and Magnesium Magnesium may decrease the pain associated with premenstrual cramps. This is due to magnesium’s effects on the level of naturally occurring chemicals in the body known as prostaglandins. Some prostaglandins are associated with inflammation and pain, and studies show that women who experience PMS also tend to have higher levels of these substances. Evidence showed that after two months of supplementing with 200 mg magnesium daily, the levels of prostaglandins decreased and women reported relief from PMS symptoms. Magnesium may also decrease the amount of water your body retains during the two weeks before your period. PMS and Serotonin Serotonin creates a sense of calm and enhances mood. Serotonin is made naturally in the body and some experts believe that women who experience severe PMS symptoms may not have adequate levels of serotonin. The good news is you can address this discomfort with a natural dietary supplement called s-adenosyl methionine,( SAM-e). Though it requires a prescription in Europe, SAM-e is readily available over the counter in the United States. SAME-e helps the body make more “feel good” chemicals naturally without the side effects that some other remedies can cause. Other Nutrients that may help ease PMS Vitamin E – There are findings suggesting that taking 400 I.U. of vitamin E can help reduce breast tenderness associated with PMS. Some evidence also suggests that it may help curb sweet cravings. Calcium – Calcium may reduce bloating. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 found that calcium supplementation improved negative mood and reduced fluid retention and pain as well as building healthy bones. Zinc- May help prevent acne breakouts related to PMS. Fish oil- Due to it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, the omega 3 fatty acids in this supplement may help reduce pain and symptoms of PMS.