The Best PMS Remedy
The best cure should already be part of your diet
“Is it THAT time of the month again?!” We’ve all come to know and hate that one time a month where moodiness and irritability collide, better known as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Typically taking place on the latter half of the menstrual cycle, after ovulation begins, patience runs short and food craving, well, they speak for themselves.
Drug companies and exercise moguls alike have proposed pills and workouts to cure this moody meltdown, but the best remedy for PMS should already be a part of your diet, calcium. According to The Wall Street Journal, adding calcium to your daily diet can decrease the symptoms of PMS, as well as aid your body again osteoporosis. Along with a healthier diet and exercise, about three to four glasses of milk per day can make that time of the month a lot more comfortable, and hopefully, less noticeable.
PMS is the body’s way of saying, “you are calcium-and vitamin-D-deficient,” explains Dr. Thys-Jacobs, an assistant professor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Many women often experience a drop in vitamin D and calcium in the blood levels during PMS. In a 1998 study lead by Dr. Thys-Jacobs, results showed that PMS symptoms declined by 48 percent in women taking 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day. Women in the control group only experienced a 30 percent decline in symptoms.
More recently, in a 2005 study, scientist Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson of University of Massachusetts, Amherst found that women who ate more dairy products experienced an ease of symptoms, whereas women that used calcium supplements to relieve PMS symptoms felt no relief. Bertone-Johnson does admit the group which used calcium supplements may not have been of ample size to get a significant result.
With a better diet and exercise, calcium can be the go-to cure to beat the bloat and have more symptom free days of PMS. After all, milk does a body good.