Specialists from the University of Massachusetts and Harvard say leafy green vegetables can relieve a woman’s painful premenstrual syndrome.
Why Eating Vegetables during PMS?
According to the head of the study, Dr. Elizabeth Burton-Johnson, a woman whose diet contains many leafy green vegetables may relieve PMS symptoms by 40%. These vegetables contain non-heme iron (approximately 90% of the total iron).
How Does Iron Help Those Suffering from PMS?
Iron is associated with the production of serotonin, which helps regulate mood. The leaps of this hormone’s level are the reason why women complain of irritability, decreased libido, breast hypersensitivity, swelling during PMS. In the course of the study, which had been carried out for 10 years, 1057 participants were diagnosed with PMS, and those 3,000 women who consumed more iron, experienced PMS much more rarely.
Daily Dietary Iron Norm & Iron Rich Foods
Scientists advise to consume about 20 milligrams of iron daily, but not more than 45 milligrams. Iron can be found in dried fruits, beans, lentils, peas, artichokes, broccoli, green beans, and leafy vegetables.