Dietary Iron and PMS

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Harvard studied the mineral intake of 3,000 women over the course of ten years to find out if there was a correlation between mineral intake and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  They found that women who consumed the most non-heme iron, the type found in plant foods, had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of PMS than those who didn’t have non-heme iron in their diet.  A high intake of zinc indicated a lower risk of PMS as well.  High levels of potassium, however, led to a higher risk of PMS.

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