A Feminine Approach to Fertility 4–Basic Nutrient Info
Magnesium is also very helpful for menstrual cramps. In fact, many women crave chocolate before their period. In addition to its wonderful taste, chocolate is high in magnesium. This nutrient is essential for healthy muscle function; remember, the uterus is a muscle. Other good sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables.
Making sure a woman is getting enough fatty acids from fish oil, cod liver oil, walnuts and flax seeds provides a great foundation. In fact, the flax seeds provide a gentle support for the estrogen, the predominant hormone in the first half of the cycle. If someone is low in estrogen, the weak phytoestrogens provide a gentle support. If someone has too much, it provides a gentle buffer. Adding on yellow and orange foods rich in vitamin A, especially during the second half of the cycle (days 15-menses) provides the ovary with nutrition. These foods include squashes, carrots, and pumpkin. In fact, the second half of the cycle is termed the ‘luteal’ phase, from the Latin word for yellow. Other nutrients are necessary to support our progesterone during the second half of the cycle including those fats found in borage oil and evening primrose oil, as well as in sesame and sunflower seeds. As you can see, supporting with the right nutrients at the right time and at the right dose can do wonders to normalize a woman’s cycle over time. And with normal cycles, the headaches, irritability and bloating become normal also—that is, gone! By supporting your own cycle, you can truly regain balance in your body, and your life!