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Easing PMS Naturally With Sunshine, Calcium

You know how important vitamin D is for your daily health, and that getting the right amount of sun every day enables your body to generate enough of it to optimize your health. If you're still on the fence, however, you may be glad to learn maintaining high levels of vitamin D and calcium can reduce a woman's risk of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) altogether.

University of Massachusetts researchers compared the diets of some 1,050 women with PMS with almost 2,000 women who reported no symptoms over a decade. The difference between the two groups: Those who ate more than three servings of a dairy product daily were less likely to suffer from the symptoms commonly associated with PMS.

Scientists were certainly convinced about the beneficial effect vitamin D has on PMS and emotions in general: The lead researcher recommended vitamin D as an alternative to stronger medications -- antidepressant drugs -- for PMS, that can have substantial side effects.

The trick about getting the right amount of calcium, however, is that pasteurized dairy or soy products are some of the worst things you could eat. On the other hand, raw milk is the single best source of calcium on the planet, if you can tolerate it based on your body's unique nutritional type. It is far better than any calcium supplement you can purchase, as it is in nature's original package that is designed for optimal absorption.

That said, I recommend finding an authentic raw-milk source, whose cows are pasture-fed, in your area. If you are unable to find a local dairy farmer in your area who sells raw milk, I encourage you to visit the Real Milk site to locate a source close to you.

(You can certainly eat large amounts of dark green leafy vegetables instead of raw milk too, but protein types tend not to tolerate the large volumes that are required and it is a major challenge to obtain sufficient calcium from vegetable sources.)

Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 165, No. 11, June 13, 2005: 1246-1252

CNN June 14, 2005

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