I’m always searching for natural ways to tame Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). PMS is a bitch for bitches. Seriously, it sucks. Sometimes nothing is more sexist than nature. 😉
If you (or someone you know says you do…) suffer from PMS, you may want to give Magnesium a try. Several studies suggest that magnesium may be helpful. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 32 women showed that supplementing with magnesium from day 15 of your cycle to the start of your menstrual flow can significantly improve mood swings commonly associated with PMS.
Magnesium supplementation has also been shown to help alleviate depressive symptoms. Therefore, if you are depressed and your depression gets worse around your period, you definitely may want to give Magnesium a shot.
Another study showed that supplementing with both Vitamin B6 and Magnesium may help prevent migraines associated with PMS. Another double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that regular consumption of magnesium can help reduce fluid retention ( bloating) associated with PMS.
While you can take a magnesium supplement, hopefully from a reputable supplement company, I always suggest trying to get what you need from your diet. Perhaps stocking up on magnesium- rich foods a week and a half before your period is a good idea. It might not be a good idea, but, hey, can it hurt to try? No.
Here are foods rich in Magnesium from highest content to lowest:
8. Peanut butter