Monday, July 29, 2013
Fennel could help beat PMT, study claims
It's not clear if this was double blind and the sample sizes were small but this will undoubtedly fire up the herb enthusiasts
Fennel could help millions of women beat the monthly misery of pre-menstrual tension, researchers have claimed.
Young women who took drops made from the plant’s seeds felt less depressed and found it easier to get on with their jobs, their friends and their family.
It is believed that the liquorice flavoured seeds could help to rebalance the female sex hormones which lay behind some of the symptoms of PMT, the Daily Mail reported.
Around three-quarters of women suffer with PMT, with up to 40 per cent claming that it impacts on their quality of life, and minority becoming violent or suffering severe depression.
PMT is also said to have an economic impact with time off or loss of productivity estimated to cost employers £3,000 a year for every female staff member.
Scientists in Iran, where fennel already has a variety of medical uses, looked the affect it had on 36 women who were split into three groups.
One group took a fennel extract from three days before their period until three days afterwards, the second exercised regularly and the third did nothing differently.
The symptoms eased for those exercising, but the biggest difference was for those taking the fennel supplement, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s annual conference heard.
Dr Hassan Pazoki, of Urmia University, said: “After eight weeks, the severity of symptoms had reduced so much that they could do their jobs and have a normal relationships with their friends and family. Depression was also reduced.”
His team believe that combining exercise with the fennel extracts could have an even bigger impact.
Although bitter, the drops do not have any side effects.
But Professor John Studd, of the London PMS and Menopause Clinic, dismissed the findings, claiming any impact was likely to be psychological.
Earlier this year a separate study suggested that eating broccoli, sesame seeds and other plant foods rich in iron could help combat PMT.
The benefits of eating fennel have been rumoured for many years, and it was introduced to Britain by the Romans, whose warriors are said to have eaten it to make them strong.
The formula for a happy life? Stay curious, live in the moment and look after your health
This is just opinion and the stress on living in the moment is undoubtedly tendentious. DELAY of gratification is normally found to have desirable outcomes
For years philosophers have sought the secret to a fulfilling existence, but now one man claims to have discovered it - and come up with a formula.
Research into what makes people feel happy has led renowned professor, Dr Todd Kashdan, to produce an equation called the Feel Good Formula. In it, he identifies six factors which, when put together in the right combination, make a happy soul.
The factors are: Live in the moment (M), be curious (C), do something you love (L), think of others (T), nurture relationships (N), and take care of you body (B).
The winning formula is Feeling Good = (Mx16 + Cx1 + Lx2) + (Tx5 + Nx2 + Bx33).
Dr Kashdan reviewed the results of nationwide research carried out into how Brits truly feel, inside and out.
Dr Kashdan, author of ‘Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life’ drew upon his years of experience to analyse the research.
Whilst it may not appear obvious how a combination of letters and numbers will make you feel good, Dr Kashdan believes this formula is the perfect prescription for a happy soul.
He said: 'There is no single secret to feeling good, but when these six ingredients are carefully attended to, in the right doses, you will be on target for a happy life.
'Transform’s research shows that Britain is in need of a bit of a lift and it is great to be working with them on this mission to inspire a more upbeat Britain.
'Each of the ingredients requires a bit of work. 'Just know that your hard work will lead to the greatest rewards possible.'
Steven Taylor, Marketing Director at Transform Cosmetic Surgery said: 'We are delighted to have such a well respected figure as Dr Kashdan involved on the Feel Good Campaign and couldn’t be more pleased that the partnership led to the creation of an actual formula to Feel Good.
'We hope that the Feel Good Formula will continue to help boost spirits and put a smile on faces across the UK.'
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