Delicious way to slash your risk of PMS by up to 40%

/Delicious way to slash your risk of PMS by up to 40%

Delicious way to slash your risk of PMS by up to 40%

spinachDread the irritation, sadness and anger that come during your premenstrual week? Try upping your intake of iron. In a 10-year study of 3,000 women in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that those who got 20 mg. of non-heme iron–which is iron from supplements and non-meat food sources (like soybeans, lentils, kidney beans, tofu, spinach and fortified cereal)–daily were up to 40% less likely to experience PMS symptoms. As the researchers explain, iron helps produce serotonin, a brain chemical that balances mood. And that’s key since serotonin production drops prior to menstruation due to plunging estrogen, throwing off that balance.

Tip: Pair your non-heme iron-rich food with a food or beverage high in vitamin C, like bell peppers, tomatoes or citrus fruit, since this nutrient helps your body absorb more iron from plant-based sources.

By | 2018-08-28T13:59:57+00:00 January 18th, 2014|diet, hormonology tip, natural remedies, pms|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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