A new study is suggesting that there may be a natural way to help control those often-painful PMS symptoms that many people experiences each month. Essential fatty acids that are found in many foods and can be taken in supplements has been shown to significantly reduce PMS symptoms. For more information on this study and how it may be able to help you keep on reading after the jump.

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The study, which was conduced by an Brazilian university and published in the Journal of Reproductive Health, took a deeper look at an already assumed benefit of essential fatty acids: they may be able to provide relief for PMS symptoms.

Research on this topic began back in the 80s, but this is the first modern study on how getting the correct amount of essential fatty acids can effect a woman’s menstrual health. Essential fatty acids cannot be created by the body and must be obtained through diet or supplements.

In the study, 120 women were given a supplement (80 containing the fatty acid mixture and 40 given a placebo). The women who took the fatty acid supplement reported a decrease in symptoms after 3 months, and a significant improvement after 6 months. The active supplement contained at least a gram of essential fatty acids gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and vitamin E. Other nutrients that have been studied in the past also included vitamin B6, ascorbic acid, and niacin.

Nearly ¾ of all women complain of PMS symptoms, and nearly 40% of them report that they can cause a disruption to their quality of life. If there is a natural and effective way to control PMS symptoms, many women would be much happier and healthier. Essential fatty acids can be found in foods like eggs, nuts, fish, and vegetables oils. For those who don’t get enough in their diets or for those who need an extra boost.

What do you think of the fact that essential fatty acids and other nutrients may be able to ease the pain and symptoms associated with PMS? Ladies, would you take a supplement if it meant that you could avoid these symptoms every month? Let us know by leaving us some comments, and be sure to check out the video on PMS pain below.