Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Diet – Garlic


As we mentioned in previous article, Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women’s menstrual cycle, it effects a women’s physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how garlic effects women with premenstrual syndrome.

I. Definition

Garlic is a species in the onion family Alliaceae, native to China. It has been used in Chinese traditional medicine in enhancing function of blood circulation and immune system.

II. How garlic effects women with PMS

1. Circulatory system

Garlic is a circulatory enhancer, it helps to improve the blood in transportation oxygen to body cells by inhibiting the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides resulting in increasing the nutrients to the cells in nervous tension and lessening the risk of nervous symptoms.

2. Insulin inhibitor

Study show that garlic is also a glucose regulator, thereby, decreasing the risk of insulin fluctuation and the risk of food craving for some women with PMS.

3. Allicin and allixin

Garlic contains high levels of allicin and allixin which are powerful antioxidant which help to strengthen the immune system fighting against the forming of free radicals causing irregular cells growth ( tumor or cancer) and inflammation. It’s antibiotic property also protect the reproductive organs against infection.

4. Digestive enhancer

besides helping to treat digestive disorder caused by worm and parasite in the intestine, it also stimulates the digestive system in production of stomach acids resulting in increasing the function of vitamins and mineral absorption and reducing the risk of premenstrual syndrome caused nutrients deficiency.

5. Sexual enhancer

It is said that garlic also helps to improve the levels of testosterone and increase the blood circulation in reproductive organs thereby, restoring the yang qi deficiency in men and women alike.

6. Vitamins and Minerals

Garlic contains many kinds of vitamins and minerals which promote over all health. People taking blood thinner or other medication should consult with their doctor before applying.