Hormonal fluctuations in a woman's cycle can cause low mood – and in turn, cravings for comfort food, high in fat and sugar.  However, this recent research has revealed that sugar has ageing effects on skin.

There’s double the reason to fight these cravings as giving into cravings could make the symptoms of PMS worse, adds nutritional therapist Ian Marber.  'Cravings are caused by raised oestrogen coupled with insulin imbalance,' This results in sensations of increased appetite and strong cravings for particular foods, especially those that are high in sugar and starch.  'By giving into them actually enhances the insulin imbalance, creating a vicious cycle.'

You can help control your blood sugar levels by avoiding foods high in refined sugars. Instead of reaching for the biscuit tin, get yourself a bowl of fruit with some Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, Cocoa and Berries sprinkled over the top as it’s much more beneficial for you as it has no added sugar.

In fact, nutritionist Kate Leinwebe suggests that cravings can be overcome by consuming magnesium-rich foods, such as those with a high percentage of cocoa – no not chocolate! The recent report revealed that some women with symptoms of PMS increased their calorie intake by a scary 1,100 due to hormonal fluctuations! By adding Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, Cocoa & Berries you can feel fuller for longer as flaxseed is low GI, releasing energy slowly throughout your day, helping you to feel fuller for longer.

There’s more good news as eating foods high in Iron, such as sesame seeds (which can be found in Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seed & goji berry blend ) can help combat PMT as Iron is involved in the production of the brain chemical serotonin, which helps regulate mood.

Have you found an effective way to manage symptoms of PMS? If so, share them with us below.