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Eating Vitamin B-Rich Foods Cuts PMS Risk by a Quarter

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I am sure I am not the only one with problems that time of month so here it goes: women who eat vitamin B-rich foods like spinach and fortified cereal can cut their risk of PMS by a quarter, according to a study reported by Reuters. The same was not true for women who took vitamin B supplements.

Thiamine and riboflavin are two of the many kinds of B vitamins. The study does not mean that thiamine and riboflavin themselves stave off PMS; it's possible, for example, that women who eat more of the vitamins also have other habits or characteristics that have an effect.

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Still, women who might be concerned with getting PMS "might want to evaluate their diet and make sure they're having a reasonable (amount) a day of thiamine- and riboflavin-rich foods," said Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, associate professor of public health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Severe PMS -- which affects about one in six women -- is sometimes treated with either birth control pills or antidepressants, Bertone-Johnson, who co-authored the study, told Reuters Health.

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Reducing the chance of PMS through diet may be an alternative to some of these treatments, which are expensive and can have side effects, she said.

 

Personally, I did try the exercise and diet route and it didn't work for me. I have found that only the birth control pill or anti-depressants did away with PMS symptoms like insomnia, tiredness, moodiness and cramps. What do you all do to take care of PMS?