We came across another news article about how calcium can help relieve the symptoms of PMS. This time from the FreeLanceStar.com web site, which is out of Texas.
People always say that proof is in the results… not just the theory and the talk. What caught our eye was this quote from the article:
"a trial with more than 400 women in New York City showed that taking calcium supplements all month long halved symptoms of PMS, including bad moods, water retention, food cravings and pain. In that study, the women took 1,200 milligrams a day of calcium, commonly found in Tums and other antacids."
It goes on to discuss the better sources for calcium.
"If you eat three servings of dairy products daily, plus beans, nuts and leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach, you're probably getting plenty of calcium, mag- nesium and vitamin D.
"If not, a multivitamin-mineral supplement with no more than 100 percent of the daily value for nutrients is a good start and should provide enough vitamin D.
"Most daily supplements do not have enough calcium and magnesium, however, so unless you eat three servings of dairy products daily, I would recommend additional supplements. In my mind, the least expensive way is to take two to four regular-strength Rolaids daily. If you take other supplements, don't exceed more than 1,300 milligrams of calcium; also, no more than 300 milligrams of magnesium from pills, because higher doses can cause diarrhea."
To read the whole article, go to: https://www.freelancestar.com/News/FLS/2004/062004/06202004/1391062