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Salad Recipes for Fighting Menstrual Cramps


Are you struggling to find salad recipes that are good for women with painful periods? Look no further! In this section, you'll find a selection of salad recipes starring foods that deliver copious quantities of nutrients that help fight menstrual cramps and pain. But before you get started on these cramp-fighting salad recipes, you might want to explore the page Diet for Menstrual Cramps and the page Foods for Menstrual Cramps which provide more general information about diet and menstrual cramps.


Carrot and Avocado Salad

Avocados are loaded with vitamin E which, according to research, can help treat primary dysmenorrhea. Getting plenty of vitamin E a few days prior to the onset of and during menstruation been shown to significantly reduce menstrual pain and to limit the amount of blood lost during menstruation. The potential of vitamin E to alleviate menstrual problems is believed to result from its ability to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis.

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Arugula, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Avocados are a superb source of vitamin E. Evidence suggests that vitamin E can alleviate primary dysmenorrhea. A substantial intake of vitamin E through foods like this avocado salad may help both reduce menstrual pain and to limit the amount of blood lost. The potential of vitamin E to alleviate menstrual pain and to control heavy menstrual bleeding is believed to result from the ability of this vitamin to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis.

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Apple and Carrot Salad with Goji Berries

Apples, carrots and goji berries are supercharged with vital nutrients. Carrots are particularly rich in vitamin B3 and vitamin B6, two important weapons in your anti-cramp arsenal, while goji berries are loaded with magnesium, a key mineral for preventing menstrual pain. Also the ginger in this salad may help alleviate painful menstruation: Chinese healers have used ginger as a natural remedy for menstrual cramps for centuries, and a substantial body of anecdotal evidence from around the world validates the use of ginger as a natural anti-cramping remedy.

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Chicken and Apple Salad

This recipe pairs chicken with crunchy apples and juicy grapes to create a wonderful taste sensation. But the benefits of this salad are not limited to culinary sensations; it can also provide health benefits for women. Chicken is rich in vitamin B6 and zinc, both of which can help thwart menstrual cramps, while apples provide antioxidant protection.

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Super-Nutritious Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cranberries

This super healthy salad is made of ingredients that are bursting with nutrients that help fight menstrual cramps, including vitamin B6, vitamin B3, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. In addition, it contains some omega-3 fatty acids (provided by the broccoli).

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Romaine and Smoked Salmon Salad

Salmon is supercharged with vitamin B3. One study showed that vitamin B3 was effective at alleviating menstrual cramps in almost 90% of symptomatic women. Salmon also contains plenty of vitamin B6 which plays a key role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is thought to promote physical and emotional well-being and reduce pain. Also the carrots featured in this salad are rich in both vitamin B3 and vitamin B6.

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Ginger and Cucumber Salad

In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger has been popularly used as a remedy for menstrual cramps, and a large body of anecdotal evidence from around the world validates the use of ginger as an anti-cramping remedy.

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Anti-Inflammatory Salmon Salad

Salmon is brimming with vitamin B3. In one study, vitamin B3 was effective at reducing menstrual cramps in nearly 90% of symptomatic women. However, the exact mechanisms by which niacin alleviates menstrual pain have not been proven. In addition, this salad is rich in vitamin B6 which can reduce pain.

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