PMS Escape – Clinically Proven to work in a PMS crisis
I’m not keen on the remedies and supplements which are targeted at women with PMS but which are not backed up by science. But when I find a product I like, I stick with it and spread the love.
Several years ago, I discovered a powdered drink from America specifically designed for women with PMS called PMS Escape. It had been developed by Dr Judith Wurtman while she was Director of the Program in Women’s Health at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Clinical Research Center and was a clinically tested and patented blend of carbohydrates and vitamins.
Having come out of an academic institution, it’s not surprising that PMS Escape was supported by research papers which provided evidence of its effectiveness in double blind trials. These showed that it successfully boosted serotonin levels and thereby reduced the PMS symptoms of sadness, tension and anger (as well as cravings for sugar and carbohydrates) compared with a placebo.
I’ve already written about how carbohydrates are essential to managing PMS symptoms, but the great advantage of PMS Escape was that it served up a balanced mix of carbs in a quickly digested convenient form, giving almost instant relief. Taken on an empty stomach, PMS Escape would have a calming, soothing effect within 20 minutes or so. The effect was rapid and astonishing, and a lifesaver in a crisis – for example, when you had to get it together to face a challenging day at work despite your PMS.
I’ve kept a little stockpile of PMS Escape in my cupboard and it has bailed me out on several occasions. Just yesterday I had an unexpectedly ratty day after I let my blood sugar levels plummet by forgetting to eat from breakfast till 3pm. Fatal. I got shaky and irritable, impatient and muddle-headed, but nonetheless I needed to get myself together to meet someone. Due to very poor planning, I didn’t have the time or the ingredients to prepare and eat a sensible carbohydrate-rich plant-based meal which would have got me back onto an even keel. So I reached for the PMS Escape – the sticking plaster solution. And it worked a treat. I was able to face the world and get on with my day. It also saved me from the potato crisps and chocolate fingers – which would have given me a short-lived energy and mood boost but would have left me feeling worse in the long run.
I’ve only used PMS Escape occasionally but when I have, it’s been very effective. So as far as I could see, the only downside was the cost – about £12 for enough for 3 days’ usage (a month’s supply) – and the fact you could only order it online.
Well, I don’t need to worry about either of these any more, as it’s now been discontinued.
I’m sorry to drop that bombshell – especially if you’ve got excited because I’ve just waxed lyrical about it – but you have to understand … I’m grieving too! PMS Escape is now showing ‘out of stock’ or ‘sold out’ pretty much everywhere. What a shame that the one thing that has been proven to be fast-acting, safe and effective, has been withdrawn.
PMS Escape Withdrawn – So Now What Do We Do?
At first I suspected that PMS Escape had stopped being imported into the UK because of new health food regulations, but I see that it’s the American side of the operation that has withdrawn it. So that seems pretty final. (If anyone knows exactly why it’s been discontinued, I’d be interested to know. I’ve tried emailing the manufacturer / distributor, Enzymatic Therapy, and got no response).
But as the saying goes, perhaps it’s better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all. It’s time to move on and find an alternative PMS emergency fix. But first a little about how and why PMS Escape worked so well. Continue reading