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

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.

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.

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?


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