Eating your Bs may reduce PMS

Eating your Bs may reduce PMS

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Good news for the pre-menstrually challenged among us! Recent research suggests women with high intakes of B vitamins from food sources have a lower risk of PMS.

The true prevalence of PMS is unknown, but it has been estimated that it affects 15% of women of reproductive age in the United States.

A case-control study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition evaluated whether B vitamin intake from food sources had a reduction in PMS.

Dietary information from approximately 3,000 women was collected over a 10-year period.

The study authors observed a significantly lower risk of PMS in women with high intakes of thiamine and riboflavin (vitamin B1 and vitamin B2) from food sources.

The authors also concluded that food sources of B vitamins are well absorbed and are also naturally high in calcium and vitamin D - both of which are also beneficial in their role in preventing PMS.

Foods high in vitamin B1

  • Wheat germ
  • Rice germ
  • Sardines
  • Egg yolk
  • Cheese
  • Fortified foods

Foods high in vitamin B2

  • Milk
  • Dairy products
  • Cereals
  • Nuts

Do you suffer from the dreaded PMS?