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Broccoli may help fight premenstrual tension

PTI  London, February 27, 2013
First Published: 23:29 IST(27/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:30 IST(27/2/2013)

Women who eat lots of broccoli and other plant foods rich in iron are less likely to suffer from premenstrual tension, according to a new study.


Researchers found women who ate foods rich in non-heme iron - found in plants and supplements - were less likely to report experiencing PMT.

The team from Massachusetts University and Harvard University believe iron might be linked to PMT since it is involved with the production of the brain chemical serotonin, which helps regulate mood.

The term 'premenstrual tension', is used to cover a range of symptoms experienced by some women for up to two weeks before their monthly period. PMT is sometimes also called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The symptoms of PMT and PMS can include mood swings, tiredness, night sweats.

Researchers found a link between high intake of non-heme iron and a lower chance of developing PMT.

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