How to ... Eat to beat PMS

How to ... Eat to beat PMS

Spinach

This leafy green is packed full of magnesium. A lack of magnesium in women can cause spasms in the uterus and in the smooth muscle tissue of the bowel. This can contribute to period pain. Try to eat two portions of dark green vegetables a day.

Pineapple

If your period gives you terrible cramps tuck into some pineapple. The tropical fruit contains bromelain which is an enzyme that can help muscles to relax.

Greek yogurt

Women with high levels of calcium and vitamin D are less likely to develop PMS. Greek yogurt is packed with calcium and vitamin D and also has high protein levels.

Houmous

The creamy blend of chickpea, olive oil, lemon and garlic is delicious — and the ingredients are all anti-inflammatory and can be pain-relieving. Grab some carrot sticks and tuck in.

Salmon

Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce menstrual pain. It plays a key role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter dopamine — and a deficiency in dopamine contributes to depression. Salmon is a great source of B6. Other good sources are chicken breasts and beef.

Dark chocolate

If you’re craving chocolate on your period, the good news is you can indulge, but make sure it’s the dark stuff, with a minimum of 65 per cent cacao — this is packed with magnesium, which could help increase energy and endorphins to boost your mood.