Say Goodbye to PMS with These Delectable, Nutritious Foods

Just a couple of weeks ago, a girl-friend of mine had a terrible PMS. Moodiness, headaches, bloating – and all the horrible stuff you know about this dreadful bane!

I was very sorry for my friend and wanted to make her feel okay. I decided to buy her some menstrual tampons that I read about at But since I have nothing else to do that day, I decided to cook her appetizing, PMS-busting dish. And guess what? My food actually helped alleviate some of her PMS symptoms.

So, what are some foods that can provide you healthy nutrients that will improve – and prevent – PMS symptoms?

Here are some of Nature’s nutritious treats to help girls conquer their symptoms at the same time satisfy their cravings:

  1. Avocado

Avocado is great for women with muscle cramps, cravings and bloating. Rich in healthy fats, avocado also contains potassium which serves as natural diuretic, flushing out excess body fluids and sodium. Potassium also prevents muscle cramps and can also boost feelings of satiety (so you won’t overeat).

  1. Peanuts/peanut butter

Add a good serving of peanut into your meals or snacks. These nuts contain high levels of magnesium and vitamin B6. Magnesium can help control the brain chemical called serotonin, which helps you feel good and improves mood. As an added benefit, it also reduces bloating.

  1. Oats

Make sure to add oats in your menu if you suffer from painful menstrual cycles. The high magnesium and zinc contents of oats prove to be beneficial in alleviating cramps.

  1. Bananas

Alleviate PMS-induced bloating, cramping and water retention by adding bananas to your diet. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin B6 which help treat these common PMS complaints.

  1. Sardines

Sardines are packed with vitamin D and calcium that are known to minimize the chances of experiencing PMS symptoms. They also contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that researchers link to alleviating PMS-symptoms such as headaches, bloating, anxiety, lack of concentration, nervousness, depression, and breast tenderness.

  1. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of zinc, which can treat painful menstrual cycles and bloating. It also contains vitamin E that is thought to help provide cramp relief. Moreover, it can provide loads of vitamin B6, which supports magnesium and zinc absorption, essential for pain relief.

  1. Broccoli

A very nutritious vegetable, broccoli contains a number of minerals that include calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E. All of these can help alleviate PMS symptoms.

  1. Spinach and kale

Another great source of calcium, these leafy vegetables are also packed with magnesium and vitamins B6 and E, which can help prevent stomach pains and nausea.

  1. Sesame seeds

These tiny seeds contain a calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C that can all help alleviate PMS symptoms. Its high contents of fatty acids also help the stomach muscles relax and reduce cramping.

  1. Low-fat Yogurt

A cupful of low-fat yogurt can be an awesome, high-nutrition snack for women with PMS. Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium. Studies suggest that women who had higher intakes of vitamin D and calcium from calcium-rich dairy products are 40 percent less likely to develop PMS.