Women who eat a diet rich in B vitamins have a reduced risk of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a new study says. Those who ate more of foods such as spinach and fortified cereal had about a quarter lower risk, according to a study published in February in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The same was not true, however, for women who got their B vitamins from supplements.
Leafy goodness: Spinach is rich in B vitamins.
Thiamine and riboflavin are two of the many kinds of B vitamins. The study does not mean that thiamine and riboflavin themselves stave off PMS; it’s possible, for example, that women who eat more of the vitamins also have other habits or characteristics that have an effect. Still, women who might be concerned with getting PMS “might want to evaluate their diet and make sure they’re having a reasonable (amount) a day of thiamine- and riboflavin-rich foods,” says Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, associate professor of public health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US.
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