5 Best Foods To Control Menstrual Pain

Many women dread of menstruation due to the distressing menstrual cramps. Menstrual pain interfere the daily routine activities compelling her to stay in bed. The main culprit chemical for the intolerable cramps is prostaglandins. It promotes inflammation, constricts blood vessels, contracts muscles and producing immense pain.

When the lining of the uterus sheds prostaglandins is released. The tremendous muscle contraction causes painful cramps. You might be among the ones popping pain killers or living in agony for two or three days. The prescription pills may give you relief within hours but they come along with their side-effects. Long term intake of the pills is not advisable. The other alternative is much safer and effective too- Natural foods. What best other than what nature provides can be?

There are two major categories you must remember about the foods that control menstrual pain. Foods that have good benefits and then there are problem foods.

5 Foods With Good Benefits:

1. Whole Grains

The few of the best whole grains are oats, corn, brown rice, millet and quinoa. The carbs in these foods produce feel-good chemicals and reduce mood swings, irritability during period. The high-fibre content in whole grains also prevents constipation which is common in some females during menstruation. They help to keep sugar levels at optimal level preventing tiredness.
Researchers say that the manganese in whole grain foods reduce the menstrual symptoms be it heavy bleeding or menstrual cramps.Eat ½ cup of oatmeal or ½ cup of whole wheat pasta per day.[1]

Wholesome Grains

2. Vegetables

Spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots are good for overall health and also crucial for menstrual symptoms. It is said that spinach helps to release mood boosting hormones and reduces bloating during period. Eat at least 1 cup of vegetables per day to treat the menstrual cramps.[2]

Eating Green Vegetables

3. Nuts And Seeds

Nuts like almonds and sunflower seeds are rich source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is essential for healthy reproductive system. A handful of nuts and seeds is enough to provide the daily requirement of Vitamin E. They help to reduce menstrual cramps and keep you mentally healthy.[3]

nuts-and-seeds

4. Tofu

Tofu is a versatile healthy food as the phytoestrogens help balancing female hormones during period. It diminishes pre menstrual as well as menstrual symptoms. Eat 1 to 2 servings of tofu in a week.[4]

tofu

5. Salmon

The high content of calcium and omega-3 keeps the menstrual symptoms at bay. The anti-inflammatory property reduces the menstrual cramps and bloating.[5]

Salmon

Change in diet and the benefits to kick-in cannot happen overnight. Be persistent with the good food habits and notice the reduction in menstrual cramps.