Which supplements have NOT been found to be beneficial for easing menstrual pain?

Apr 3, 2020 | autoimmune disease prevention, Breast cancer, cancer prevention, estrogen dominance, Functional medicine, hormones, progesterone

This blog is #10 in a series of blogs in the form of questions or statements about a health issue and answers. These are in the typical format used when doctors take tests.

Question #10

Which of the following supplements has NOT been found to be beneficial for easing menstrual pain?

  1. Magnesium.
  2. Vitamin B1.
  3. Iron.
  4. Vitamin B6.

That’s correct! #3.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and can help ease menstrual cramping. Vitamin B6 has been shown to decrease menstrual pain, which may in part be due to its role in increasing the influx of magnesium into cells.

Vitamin B1 supplementation has been shown to improve cramping but may be related to reversal of deficiency.

There has been no evidence indicating iron supplementation can decrease symptoms of dysmenorrhea, but it may be important if there is blood loss if menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) is also present.

My vive. The magnesium that tends to work best for muscle cramping is magnesium malate.

Bad menstrual cramping is also associated with estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is a big driver of autoimmune disease and one of the reasons why we think women tend to get more autoimmune diseases than men.

This is also why if a woman has any of the following she should be tested for estrogen dominance:

  • bad menstrual cramps
  • heavy menstrual flows
  • bad PMS
  • ovarian cysts
  • breast cysts
  • fibroids or endometriosis

Treat the estrogen dominance and watch all these symptoms get better.

At the same time, by fixing the estrogen dominance, a person will be in a better place to not allow autoimmune disease and cancer to develop over time. Or to help reverse the autoimmune disease that is already present.


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