Here’s more reasons why you should eat your vegetables.
Like most women, I have a love-hate relationship with “that time of the month”. Some months, Aunt Red is well-behaved enough while at other times, she is a real pain, literally.
If you’re one of the few who constantly suffers from pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS, researchers are suggesting for you to eat more greens.
In a research conducted by a team at the University of Massachusetts and Harvard, it was found that women who eat lots of leafy vegetables could potentially cut their risk of PMS by up to 40 per cent.
The team were investigating the effects of non-heme iron – a type of mineral typically found in plant foods. It is believed that the iron which is involved in the production of serotonin, can help in regulating one’s mood.
The study, which took place over the course of 10 years, looked at the PMS development of some 3,000 women. All of whom were free from the symptoms at the start of the study.
Each one of them had to complete a food frequency questionnaire and at the end of the 10 year trial, there were 1,057 women diagnosed with PMS while 1,968 remained symptom free.
Women who consumed the most non-heme iron in their diets were much less likely to develop the PMS condition.
Now before you run off to stuff your face with green leafy iron, you should know that excessive consumption of iron can cause hemochromatosis (iron overload that can cause organ toxicity) in some people. In other more serious form, this can lead to diabetes, liver cancer, arthritis and heart failure.
The recommended daily allowance for iron in women aged between 18 and 50 currently stands at 18mg per day. Non-heme iron can be found in dark, leafy greens, dried fruits, iron fortified cereals, beans, lentils, chickpeas, broccoli and green beans.