PMS-Free Diet? What You Eat May Effect PMS (cont.)
Keep in mind, though, that very large doses of B-6 supplements can be toxic over time -- something that can't happen with food sources of B-6. The 1998 Recommended Dietary Allowance/Dietary Reference Intakes committee set the upper limit for B-6 at 100 milligrams per day for people aged 19 and older.
3 More Anti-PMS Strategies
Here are a few more diet and lifestyle tips that may help reduce PMS symptoms -- and won't hurt in any case:
What about Herbal Therapies?
Of the various herbal supplements touted as possible PMS remedies, chasteberry (a dried extract of the fruit of the chasteberry tree) is the one researchers tend to give the most credence.
There's some evidence chasteberry may improve PMS symptoms, but more study is needed, according to a review of the research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2003.
(Be sure to see your doctor before taking any herbal supplement, especially if you're taking prescription medications.)
Published April 14, 2005.
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