All our cells are coated in fats which make up the membranes and let messengers in and out of the cell. In the cell wall mini hormone messengers, called prostaglandins, are made to talk to nearby cells. They effect inflammation, immune function, blood clotting and neurological function
Fat from animal products (meat, dairy) are mostly create ‘bad’ prostaglandins which promote inflammation. In the womb this causes pain and heavier bleeding during menstruation. Research has shown reducing animal products can improve symptoms for women with very painful or very heavy periods.
What you can eat:
- Increase vegetable fats (avocado, olive oil), & oily fish (Sardines, Mackerel, Anchovies, Salmon, Herring) as these produce ‘good’ prostaglandins from the omega 3 side
- Reduce animal fats and eat more of vegetable protein – pulses, tofu, nuts and seeds
Should you take Evening Primrose Oil?
There are two types of omega 6 fats, one is beneficial (GLA) and the other is more harmful (Arachidonic Acid).
GLA is the type of omega 6 oil in safflower, evening primrose and starflower.
Animal fats like meat and dairy turn to Arachidonic Acid, which promote the ‘bad’ inflammatory prostaglandins (local hormones).
Evening Primrose, Safflower and Starflower oils are sometimes beneficial for women with hormone irregularities. There is very mixed research about this, and whilst there is no hard evidence that these oils work, anecdotally many women find that these oils can help balance their hormones and reduce PMS symptoms.
Take the next step to change your diet
Get in touch with me to arrange your nutrition consultation and support package to develop a bespoke tailored nutrition plan. Contact me for to arrange your appointment and start to see some positive changes in your symptoms.