PMS Blues

Premenstrual Syndrome happens at any age, until menopause, for 1 day to 2 weeks preceding a menstrual cycle. Symptoms are carbohydrate cravings, aggression, teariness, depression, fatigue, fluid retention, sore breasts/nipples and abdominal bloating.

What on earth could be going on?

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Magic Vitamin B12

Way before people register B12 deficiency on a blood test, their ability to use the B12 they have, has failed. This means they do not have ‘Pernicious Anemia’ BUT they do have a problem with lack of B12 in the right places. People in the ‘grey zone’ can be detected with the laboratory test that measures Methylmalonic acid (MMA). This metabolite rises in people with poor B12 usage.

For the last decade the directive from the USA has been, supplement for 6 weeks with sub-lingual B12 that absorbs through the mouth, and see if you feel better OR symptoms abate. If they do, then you were B12 deficient.  Continue reading

Folate: New Science

Folate takes its name from foligae. That’s because Folate is rich in all green vegetables and ‘foliage’. It’s old name was vitamin B9.

Most of us know that inadequate Folate can cause birth defects especially neural tube defects such as Spina-Bifida. BUT on a daily basis Folate does much, much more. In our western populace some 20 – 40% of people struggle to convert our green veggies into the active and usable form of Folate called 5MTHF (5-Methyl-Tetra Hydro Folate). This is because of a genetic defect in the enzyme, that does the conversion, called ‘Methylene Tetra-Hydro-Folate-Reductase’, or MTHFR for short. This defective gene is now able to be tested.  Continue reading