Women with premenstrual syndrome may experience symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, headaches, bloating, abdominal pain, skin problems and food cravings. Dietary changes, such as eating less red meat, avoiding caffeine, limiting salt and increasing calcium can help limit these symptoms. Certain vitamins may also be beneficial for those with PMS.
Potentially Helpful Vitamins
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that three vitamins may be beneficial for limiting premenstrual symptoms: folic acid, vitamin B-6 and vitamin E. These three vitamins may help you feel less depressed, and vitamin E may also help you feel less anxious and minimize food cravings. Vitamin B-6 could help limit breast pain that comes along with getting your period, notes MedlinePlus. It is always best to get your vitamins from whole foods when possible, but taking supplements may also help. Additionally, a study published in "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in February 2011 found that women with higher intakes of riboflavin and thiamine from food were less likely to experience PMS than those who had lower intakes of these B vitamins.
- WomensHealth.gov: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Fact Sheet
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Premenstrual Syndrome
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Premenstrual Syndrome
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Dietary B Vitamin Intake and Incident Premenstrual Syndrome
- MedlinePlus: Vitamin E
- MedlinePlus: Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)