Phosphorus and Mood Swings

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Mood swings and other menopause symptoms could be controllable through something as simple as a good vitamin supplement like phosphorus.

Mood swings are one of the most frustrating symptoms of menopause. Not only do women have to contend with these uncontrollable shifts in emotion, but their partners and family members may have to endure them as well. And in many instances, the issue is made worse due to feelings of guilt that overtake women as they try to cope with the emotional roller coaster they’re trapped on. Mood swings can go on for years as menopause runs its course, but there are some natural options for reeling them in and getting the upper hand on them.

Phosphorus and Mood Swings

It surprises many women to learn that vitamins and minerals could have a direct impact on their mood. Phosphorus is one of the more important ones to consider, and studies have found that it’s a good option for managing mood overall. Before you take a look at why it’s so important, understanding why those mood swings happen at all is important.

As the body goes through menopause, the ovaries slow down their production of hormones like estrogen. These hormones dictate a lot about your overall physical and mental well-being, and they’ll have a direct influence on mood as well. That’s because they affect the way that the neurotransmitters in the brain function. When hormone levels are reduced* and in a constant state of change, different neurotransmitters will work at different times instead of all functioning together at their optimum levels. This causes mood swings, and can be incredibly frustrating.

Phosphorus works by helping to balance the way that neurotransmitters work. Studies have found that it is particularly useful at controlling irritability and reducing* the shift to an angry mood when mood swings are going on. While it may also reduce* the sudden, abrupt feelings of total elation, it can help to reign in anger and sadness and as a result it has become an important way to manage mood and prevent anxiety, irritability, and depression. More studies are taking place to find out more about exactly how phosphorus affects mood swings, but already it has been shown to offer solid benefits that make it well worth using.

Additionally, phosphorus can also help to reduce* hot flashes and night sweats. These are two of the most common problems that face women who are going through menopause, and when night sweats occur they can actually cause trouble sleeping, which in turn can lead to greater irritability. It’s just one more way that phosphorus can help reduce* moodiness and improve* overall feelings of well-being in those who use it.

Phosphorus may seem like a surprising way to combat mood swings during menopause, but there’s little doubt that it’s something worth taking a closer look at if you’re suffering from mood swings, irritability, and other menopausal symptoms.

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Expert Author : Lisiana Carter (Consumer Health Digest)

Lisiana Carter has been a freelance health writer for over ten years having written books, blogs and articles. She is the author of a number of websites and teaches people how to enter the freelance writing field.