SOCIAL MEDIA

5.28.2015

Foods That Help Combat PMS

"What can I eat?" We've all had that thought at some point, right? Fridge open, eyes scanning the contents, finding nothing to satisfy our cravings or alleviate mood swings.

I've scanned some of the literature and compiled a list of foods that are supposed to help combat PMS, so the next time nature gets the best of us we're one step ahead with something healthy in our pantry. *Note: I am not a healthcare provider. You should always consult your doctor before making changes in your diet.

Repeat foods are in bold. I've categorized them based on what types of nutrients or vitamins they are supposed to provide.

For Fiber: (source, source)
Artichokes
Broccoli (calcium, vitamins A, C, B6 and E, too!)
Brussels Sprouts

For Complex Carbs: (source)
Wheat Berry
Quinoa
Popcorn

For Omega-3s: (source)
Salmon (and Vitamin D)
Eggs
Chia Seeds

Melatonin: (source)
Bananas

For Vitamin B12 and Protein: (source)
Lean Beef
Turkey
Chicken

For Vitamin A: (source)
Kale
Spinach
Romaine

For Vitamin D: (source)
Wild Salmon
Mackerel
Sardines
Herring
Vitamin D Fortified Milk

For Magnesium: (source, source)
Pumpkin Seeds
Cashews
Spinach
Quinoa
Sweet Potatoes
Millet
Peanuts

For Calcium: (source, source,
Yogurt

For Vitamin B6: (source, source)
Fortified Whole Grain Cereal
Lean Meats
Oatmeal
Bananas (and potassium)
Lentils
Hummus (chick peas)
Wild Salmon (see above)
Eggs (and Vitamin E)

For Manganese: (source, source)
Pineapple
Pecans
Pumpkin Seeds (not to mention iron, fiber, zinc and omega-3s)
Wheat Germ
Peanuts
Quinoa
Brown Rice

For Relaxation: (source, source)
Chamomile Tea

For Zinc: (source)
Pumpkin Seeds
Oysters
Crab
Fortified Whole Grain Cereal
Pork
Almonds
Yogurt

This list is not all encompassing, but it's a start! (Umm, where's the list with chocolate and wine on it?!) I hope this helps :)

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