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Calcium

Calcium is good for more than your bones; it can also help to PMS symptoms. A June 2005 study published in the Archives Medicine showed that a diet rich in calcium and vitamin women reduce symptoms of PMS. It also suggests that calcium, with enough vitamin D, may help prevent PMS altogether.

Researchers looked at the dietary habits of more than women, comparing the 1,057 who had PMS and the 1,068 not. They found that women who got the vitamin D equivalent at least seven cups of milk—or 706 international units per nearly twice the recommended daily allowance)—were 40 less likely to have PMS symptoms than women who got the of one cup or less of milk, 100 international units per day. who got the vitamin D equivalent of four and a half cups of about one and half times the recommended daily allowance, 30 percent less likely to suffer from PMS. Experts recommend dose of 400 international units of Vitamin D, however, the results this study suggests women might benefit from twice that dose.

Fact

Calcium supplements can be found either as separate, stand-alone supplements, or combined with magnesium. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption, and both vitamin D and calcium are found in dairy products such as milk.

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