Soon, a pill that would help women fight ‘monthly blues’

January 17th, 2011 - 12:25 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 17 (ANI): Dreadful mood swings and late-night cravings for chocolate in women with pre-menstrual tension may soon become a thing of the past as scientists come a step closer to making a pill that would reduce the symptoms of PMT (pre-menstrual syndrome).

The research found that the capsule, which contains fatty acids, reduced the emotional and physical symptoms in millions of British women, reports the Daily Express.

Women who took the supplement over six months reported ‘far milder’ symptoms, said that scientists.

Common symptoms of PMT include irritability, mood swings, depression and angry outbursts, as well as abdominal cramps, bloating and headaches.

Scientists at Brazil’s Federal University of Pernambuco said in some cases the symptoms are so severe it can lead to women suffering serious mental problems and even attempting to take their lives.

Lead researcher Edilberto Rocha Filho, said, “Essential oil capsules can now be said to show much promise as a treatment.”

The capsules include gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid, combined with vitamin E. They were tested on a group of 120 PMS sufferers aged 16 to 49.

The findings were reported in the journal Reproductive Health. (ANI)

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