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 | 2018-04-05T18:00:07+00:00 January 18th, 2014|diet, hormonology tip, natural remedies, pms|0 Comments

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Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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