Calcium's Role in P.M.S.
by Kate Bennett, UNL Nutrition 453
True or False: A diet rich in calcium can help minimize the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? This is TRUE. According to Mayoclinic.com, a diet rich in calcium will help ease symptoms of PMS such as water retention, cramping, and back pain. PMS symptoms also include mood swings, but unfortunately getting more calcium will not cure this symptom.
The daily recommendation of calcium is at least 1000 mg. for a 19-30 year-old female. Calcium-rich foods that may help PMS include yogurt, milk, and cheese, spinach, salmon, and broccoli. And a single glass of milk has about 30% of the recommended daily amount of calcium. If these foods can't be easily incorporated into your diet, a calcium supplement may be a good idea, but check with a registered dietitian for information about these supplements.
Calcium is a very valuable mineral for overall good health and may also be a great aid for different symptoms of PMS.
Since calcium also contributes greatly to the strength of our bones, it is a very valuable mineral in our bodies.