Magnesium and potassium deficiencies in women with pre-menstrual syndrome

Stewart A, Howard JMH Mag.Bull.1986;8:314-316 Magnesium deficiency has been described in women with Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS). Measurement of serum and red cell magnesium levels in 17 women with severe PMS confirms the previous finding of an intracellular deficiency of magnesium. Serum-Magnesium 0.748μ 0.05 mmol/L normal 0.6 μ 1.2 Red Cell-Magnesium 1.67μ 0.08 mmol/L normal 1.7 μ 2.6 Red Cell-Potassium 81.69μ 2.39 mmol/L, normal 80.5 μ 95.6 A total 14 women had depressed red cell magnesium levels (14 subnormal). In addition red cell potassium levels were also depressed. Deficiency of magnesium or magnesium and potassium may contribute to PMS. Measurement of these nutrients and correction of their deficiency may help to alleviate the symptoms of PMS.