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Iron-Rich Diet Might Ease PMS Misery

Posted 26 Feb 2013 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 – Millions of American women know the pain and emotional tumult of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. But a new study finds that diets full of iron from plant-based sources might help ease the condition. Women who ate in this way were about one-third less likely to develop PMS than women who consumed less iron, the researchers found. Non-meat sources of iron include dried beans and green leafy vegetables. Another mineral makes a difference, the study found. Higher levels of zinc were also associated with less PMS over the 10-year study period. Zinc occurs in many fresh fruits and vegetables. "It does look like a range of minerals are important for menstrual cycle health and for PMS. Women should consume a balanced diet, and if they're not getting enough nutrients from their diet, they should take a multivitamin," recommended senior study author Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, ... Read more

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Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought

Posted 5 Mar 2012 by

MONDAY, March 5 – For years, women with the severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) were told that their symptoms should subside the day menstruation begins. Now, new research suggests that these symptoms, which can include serious mood swings, start about four days before menstruation and can linger through the first three days of menses – as many women with the disorder can attest. This expanded PMDD definition will help researchers update the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), due out in May 2013. The DSM classifies mental disorders by precise definitions and diagnostic criteria, and it influences treatment decisions and insurance reimbursement. "It was thought that PMDD symptoms would drop off sharply at the onset of menses, and now we realize they don't," said study author Dr. S. Ann Hartlage, director of ... Read more

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