Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their diet. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurrence have more than double over past 50 years and it is defined as faulty function of ovaries related to women menstrual cycle, it effects the women physical and emotional state and sometimes interference with daily activities as resulting of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome happens in one or two weeks before menstruation and then declining when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how fatty acids and phytoestrogen effect women with premenstrual syndrome.

A. Fatty acids
I. Liver
a) Over consumption of saturated fat reduces function of liver in secreting bile into bloodstream and interference with liver in regulating function of pancreas in insulin production resulting in symptoms of PMS including food and sugar craving.
II. Prostaglandins hormones
1. Definition
Prostaglandins are found in most tissues and organs. They are produced by all nucleated cells except lymphocytes. Prostaglandins are generated from
a) Gamma linoneic acid ( GLA)
b) Arachidinic acid (AA)
c) Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)

2. How prostaglandins effect women with PMS
a. Gamma linoneic acid ( GLA)
GLA is also known as essential Omega 6 fatty acid which has anti-inflammatory properties found primarily in vegetable oils. It may also be converted from linolenic acid before converting to prostaglandins PGE1. If there are blockage caused abnormal function of fat and protein metabolism, imbalance of essential Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and nutrients deficiency, PGE1 may become bad prostaglandins resulting in symptoms of PMS including menstrual pain and cramps.

b. Arachidinic acid (AA)
Arachidinic acid (AA) is also converted from linoleic acids after converting to dihomogamma-linolenic acid (DGLA). It is produced as resulting of unbalance of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Over production of PGE2 causes symptoms of PMS including menstrual pain and cramps. Since meats contain high levels of AA, reducing intake of such products will help to restore the balance of prostaglandins hormone PG1 and PG2.

c. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Omega 3 fatty acid containing eicosapentaenoic acid which is also known as also icosapentaenoic acid which is converted from Alpha-linolenic acid. EPA is vital for the production of good prostaglandins PGE3 resulting in lessening the risk of inflammation and symptoms of PMS.

Unbalance of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids causes unbalance of hormone of members in the prostaglandins and weakens the liver in fatty acids metabolism resulting in increasing the risk of symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

b) It also interference the liver in fat and protein metabolism that is essential for our body cells need including the cells in the nervous sytem resulting in increasing of nervous tension and symptoms of PMS.

III. Saturated fat
Saturated fat is fat which consists of triglycerides and contains only saturated fatty acid radicals and comes mainly from animals. It blocks the absorption of nutrients in the digestive system including essential fatty acids and vitamins and minerals resulting in increasing the unbalance of prostaglandins family and liver in fat and protein metabolism causing symptoms of PMS, if consumed in large amount. By the way, saturated fat also deceases the function of your liver as resulting of building up of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood causing numbers of disease including heart diseases and stroke.

B. Phytoestrogen
I. Definition
Phytoestrogens also known as dietary estrogen, are non steroidal plant compounds which have a structural similarity with estradiol and the ability to cause estrogenic and anti estrogenic effects.

II. How phytoestrogens effect women with PMS
1. Hormone balancing
As we mentioned in the definition, phytoestrogens in the plant have the ability to lower levels of estrogen if it is too high and higher the levels of estrogen if it is too low. Since most women with pre-mentsrual syndrome always have some kinds of hormone imbalance, intake of photyestrogens not only will helps restore the balance, but also reduce the symptoms of PMS.

2. Hormone stimulating
Phytoestrogen also have the ability to regulating the levels of sex hormone binding globulin SHBG circulating in the bloodstream. SHBG is produced by liver in fat and protein metabolism and the right levels of SHBG help to reduce symptoms of PMS such as mood swing and water retention.

3. Menstruation
Research found that women intake of phytoestrogen helps to increase the length of period for some women who have too short period as well as lighter period.

4. Liver booster
Phytoestrogen also increases the liver function in regulating the levels of prostaglandins hormone by fat and protein metabolism resulting in lessening the menstrual pain and cramps for some women with PMS.

5. Circulatory system
It also helps to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood stream, leading to more oxygen being transported to the cells in the body and increasing the normal cells function resulting in lessening the symptoms of PMS including the cells in nervous system.

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I have been studying natural remedies for disease prevention for over 20 years and working as a financial consultant since 1990. Master degree in Mathematics, teaching and tutoring math at colleges and universities before joining insurance industries. Part time Health, Insurance and Entertainment Article Writer.