What to eat to help with irregular, erratic or heavy periods

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  • Essential fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids help with menstrual cramps. Found in: freshly ground linseeds, and SMASH - salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and halibut. (Better to eat in fish as supplements can increase bleeding).
  • Whole grains: Iron rich, low GI foods may help with hormonal imbalance, eat more: barley, oats, quinoa, brown and wild rice
  • Iron is lost in blood. Top up supplies, eat more: red meat, egg yolks, dark green vegetables and dried fruits.
  • Fruit and Vegetables containing Vitamins A,C & E, antioxidants recommended for heavy bleeding by Dr Christine Northrup (obstetrician-gynecologist). Eat more: tomatoes, leafy greens, peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and squash, lemons, limes, berries and cherries.

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Laura Llewellyn