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Women’s Body & Mind

By August 1, 2023August 17th, 2023No Comments

Vitamin E and glutathione protect women’s health

  • Vitamin E relieved premenstrual symptoms

This study included 51 women with premenstrual symptoms, particularly water retention during the second, luteal phase, from days 15 through 28. Participants took a placebo or 400 IU of gamma-tocopherol vitamin E twice per day for seven days during the luteal phase.

Compared to placebo, women taking vitamin E reported fewer feelings of heavy legs, which doctors confirmed with lower measurements of leg swelling and thigh circumference. During a 24-hour collection period, women in the vitamin E group eliminated higher levels of urinary sodium, a diuretic effect doctors said reduced water retention. Women taking vitamin E also reported lower levels of fatigue, less irritability and anger, and an improved ability to concentrate.


  • Glutathione and postpartum suicidal tendencies

Oxidative stress is often higher in neurological disorders, suggesting nutritional factors may influence suicidal tendencies postpartum. Doctors measured oxidative and antioxidative factors in 45 women, average age 28, at 18 months postpartum. Thirty of the women had a diagnosis of major depression or bipolar disorder, while 15 had no mood disorder.

Of two antioxidants, superoxide dismutase and glutathione, only glutathione, also known as GSH, appeared to significantly reduce suicidal ideation. In 36.7 percent of women with any mood disorder, glutathione levels were lower, raising for suicidal ideation. Glutathione levels were significantly higher in women with no chances of suicidal ideation, suggesting supplementing with glutathione postpartum.

Reference: Frontiers in Psychiatry; 2023, Vol. 14, No. 2608

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