Iron intake is linked to PMS

By Deana DeLisio,

Women who consume more iron are less likely to have PMS.

A study, held by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Harvard, followed iron taking women for ten years, as reported in Nutra Ingredients-usa.com.

The women completed food questionnaires over the ten years and researchers went on to compare the diets of those who had PMS and those who did not, as stated by Reuters.

Women who ingested more than 20 milligrams of iron were 30-40 percent less likely to have PMS.

“We found that women who consumed the most non-heme iron, the form found primarily in plant foods and in supplements, had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of developing PMS than women who consumed the lowest amount of non-heme iron,” stated Dr. Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, the leader of the study, “The level of iron intake at which we saw a lower risk of PMS, roughly greater than 20 mg per day, is higher than the current recommended daily allowance (RDA) for iron for premenopausal women, which is 18 mg per day.”

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