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On the Pill for Painful Periods? Magnesium May Help

Do you find yourself dreading “that time of the month” because you know you’ll be spending days in pain? For relief from PMS some women turn to the pill, but holistic health care may offer more appealing alternatives. The holistic health care approach can offer both relief and better overall health by addressing the underlying cause.

The Cause

Like other kinds of muscle cramping, painful cramping of the uterine muscle can actually indicate a magnesium deficiency. Dr. Mark Hyman also recognizes painful cramping and stiffness as related to magnesium levels. Magnesium deficiency is actually relatively common in the United States. When women turn to the pill to manage their menstrual cramps, the pill may actually lead to further magnesium deficiency itself.


There are many holistic health care treatments for menstrual cramps. Success depends on properly identifying the underlying cause. This may accomplished with the right questions or with specialized lab testing. When the underlying cause is found to be magnesium deficiency some practitioners recommend a magnesium supplement.

Magnesium-Rich Foods

You want to choose foods rich in magnesium like:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Sesame or sunflower seeds
  • Cashews or almonds

Next Steps

Click here to take Dr. Rose’s Nutritional Profile Quiz and get an overview of what your nutritional imbalances could be. You’ll get your results immediately.


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Dr. Marina Rose has helped women find relief for a variety of symptoms related to nutritional imbalance, without the pill. She also helps people with a variety of chronic, challenging health concerns in and around the city of San Jose, CA.



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