Dysmenorrhea is a burden to every woman. Experiencing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, headache, fatigue, dizziness and for some hypersensitivity to sound, light and smell. These are the effects of dysmenorrhea that women has to endure each month during our menstrual period. It is indeed a very hard thing to take. I, for one, experience this things after the age of 25. They say that a lot of sickness and diseases comes after your middle age.
I love Mango other than the fact that it is our national fruit it is very delicious too. It is abundant in the Philippines, you can buy it in almost everywhere you go. Eat it ripe or eat it raw, either way you’ll love it too. Sweet and juicy when ripe but sour and crunchy when raw.
Mangoes are packed with vitamins and minerals and thus have a lot of nutritional benefits in it. But it makes me really wonder if it does affect the pain I feel each month when my menstrual period starts.
Can mango really affect dysmenorrhea? For some people, it may sound like a myth or a dietary taboo, but for me it does affect my dysmenorrhea. There was once that I decided not to eat mango for a month to try and see how will the dysmenorrhea thing reacts to it. And I guess my dysmenorrhea calm down a little bit. It’s not fighting me that hard anymore.
You’ll also have to consider the amount of mangoes you eat. Better to at least eat a piece if you really want it or mixed it up with something else in your salad. That way, it won’t affect too much if you are having the same problem like I do.
Of course, I can’t blame it on mangoes alone. There’s a lot of contributing factors to dysmenorrhea in women. For me, the first thing is STRESS and stress means not enough bed time and nap time. Sleep is a great factor in brain development and for normal body functions. Secondly, dysmenorrhea is mainly caused by LACK OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS. We eliminate an awful amount of blood in our system each month so we have to replenish it by eating green leafy vegetables and fruits.
Vitamin E, also known as tocopherols, according to medical experts should be incorporated in every woman’s diet. It has the effect of maintaining the normal function of reproductive organs and the metabolism of muscles. Foods rich in vitamin E includes green leafy vegetables, sesame oil, nuts, beans and so on. Vitamin E supplements available in health food stores or pharmacies may not be as effective compared to green leafy vegetables but it helps for some of us who doesn’t eat as much green leafy vegetables regularly.
I usually take one capsule of Vitamin E supplement together with Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate) during menstrual period until it stops to at least ease the pain of dysmenorrhea and sometimes a shot of B12 (0.5 ml of hydroxocobalamine) when needed.