Countless women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with symptoms that occur before a woman’s period, and can include severe cramps and headaches, moodiness, anxiety, and depression. For some, the symptoms can be so severe they become debilitating. (Here’s how to use acupressure to fight PMS symptoms.)
While you might be tempted to reach for pills when PMS flares up, research suggests that eating certain foods can help with many PMS symptoms. Here are six foods to reach for next time PMS has you down.
Do you find yourself struggling to keep a positive mood during your period? Peanuts and peanut butter are very important for your toolkit. Peanuts are high in vitamin B6 and magnesium. Magnesium helps to improve your mood by regulating serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer that helps fight depression. In addition to helping with serotonin production, vitamin B6 also helps your body produce melatonin—a hormone that helps in regulating your body’s sleep functions. Increasing your intake of magnesium, calcium, and vitamin B6 can all help reduce or stop cramping. (And you’ll want to stay away from these