5 Herbs and Minerals to Balance Hormones
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A cellular workhorse, magnesium powers everything from moods to blood vessel expansion to cell stabilization—all three of which play a role in PMS. In two of three small studies, the mineral bested a placebo in alleviating the monthly blahs, especially bloating and breast tenderness. (Fittingly, chocolate is high in magnesium, which might explain those monthly cravings.) It's tough to get enough magnesium from diet alone. Dosage: 200 to 300 milligrams twice daily. Avoid caffeine and alcohol since they can often deplete magnesium.