Top 10 Foods for PMS


Garlic sauteed spinach makes Mommy nicer

Did you know that magnesium can help keep the PMS monster away? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "Scientific studies suggest that magnesium supplements may help relieve symptoms associated with PMS, particularly bloating, insomnia, leg swelling, weight gain, and breast tenderness." Also, and I'm just guessing here, magnesium can help alleviate PMS bitchiness and reduce your need to run out of the house screaming.

I've been taking calcium magnesium supplements* with B complex vitamin supplements (the Bs, calcium, and magnesium work best together). But that's a lot of pills! I started wondering if I could get enough magnesium from, you know, just eating the right foods.


Well, of course I can. Dark, leafy greens like Swiss chard and spinach are especially high in calcium and magnesium. A 1-cup cooked serving will give you about 37 to 39 percent of the recommended daily amount -- and you'll get even more if you eat your greens raw. Other great sources of magnesium, calcium, and B vitamins are whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

  • Kale
  • Kelp
  • Mustard greens
  • Pumpkin seeds (raw)
  • Almonds
  • Turnip greens
  • Broccoli
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Halibut
  • Wheat bran & germ

I know what you're thinking: Why isn't chocolate on this list?

*The National Academy of Sciences set a tolerable upper limit (UL) on intake of magnesium at 350 milligrams per day for individuals 9 years and older.


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