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PMS risk might be lowered with iron

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Women with a higher iron intake are less prone to symptoms of PMS.

A new study of 3,000 women found those who consumed at least 20 milligrams of iron a day were 30 to 40 percent less likely to be diagnosed with PMS.

Researchers also saw a link between higher zinc intake and a reduced risk of PMS.

Experts say although avoiding unpleasant bloating and irritability sounds great women should not take more than 45 milligrams of iron a day unless recommended by a doctor.

An unexpected result of the study was that higher levels of potassium appeared to raise the risk of PMS.

-Study led by researchers at UMass Amherst and Harvard University and published in 'American Journal of Epidemiology'

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