Countless women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with symptoms that occur before a woman’s period and can include severe cramps and headaches, moodiness, anxiety, and depression. For some, the symptoms can be so severe they become debilitating.
While you might be tempted to reach for pills when PMS flares up, research suggests that eating certain foods can help with many PMS symptoms—here are six foods to reach for next time PMS has you down.
If you suffer from PMS induced acne, try eating more spinach. This leafy green offers high levels of vitamin A, which helps fight acne, dry skin, and helps with protection from UV rays. Spinach is also a great source of calcium, which, according to one large study, reduces PMS symptoms like headaches, cramping, moodiness, and food cravings by half.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, salmon should be your go-to food. Got low energy? It helps with that. Dealing with stress and brain fog? Got you covered. High in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps with both mood and brain function. With so many present B vitamins, it can also do wonders for energy. Pair that with the high levels of vitamin D in salmon and we get a wonderful concoction that also aids in the reduction of stress and tension.
If you crave dark chocolate leading up to your period, go for it. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants to increase circulation and lower blood pressure, and it’s packed with magnesium, which helps with fatigue and irritability.
Some women suffer from cramps as early as two days before their period. Try adding a banana or two to your diet on those days—bananas are also high in potassium, which does wonders to fight cramps.