As we mentioned in previous article, Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. 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 liver effects women with PMS.
1. Insulin Control
High levels of glucose in the bloodstream is normally caused either by abnormal function of the pancreas or clogged up of the insulin receptor sites. For women with PMS, fluctuation of glucose levels is caused by inability of liver in carbohydrate metabolism as resulting of failure of liver function in stopping insulin production from pancreas leading to insulin fluctuation resulting in food and sugar craving.
As we all know that liver is the first line of defence in fighting against abnormal cells growth and foreign invasion such as bacteria and virus, it also helps to remove toxins accumulated in the blood resulting in lessening the symptoms of PMS such as migraine, headache, tiredness and depression.
3. Estrogen regulation
Liver is important in regulating the levels of estrogen through bile secretion. Strong liver increases the levels of good estrogen while suppressing levels of bad estrogen resulting in preventing symptoms of pre menstrual syndrome such as breast tenderness, breast pain etc. caused by high levels of estrogen.
4. Nervous system
Through fat and protein metabolism, liver provides necessary nutrient to our brain cells need. Without enough nutrients, it causes nervous tension and over production certain hormone leading to stress,anxiety and depression.
5. PMS pain and cramps
Liver is important in regulating the levels of essential fatty acids through fat and protein metabolism. Weakening liver causes over production of PGE2, one of the member of prostaglandins hormone resulting in pre menstrual pain and cramps.
6. Hormone imbalance
Every menstrual cycle old hormones accumulated in the body are eliminated through liver. Weakened liver causes old hormone to return to the bloodstream resulting in hormone imbalance.