I’m 47 and my mood swings are aw­ful! My doc­tor ad­vised an­tide­pres­sants, but is there a nat­u­ral cure I can try?

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AYes. Mood swings are com­mon in per­i­menopause, due to hor­mone f lux. And while an­tide­pres­sants can help, they do carry side ef­fects. For­tu­nately, I can sug­gest a few diet tweaks that will have a big im­pact.

First, aim to con­sume 1,200 mg of cal­cium a day (the amount in 1 cup of kale, 6 oz. of salmon and 1 cup of milk or almond milk). In a study in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Ob­stet­rics & Gy­ne­col­ogy, this strat­egy cut PMSre­lated mood swings in half. Also smart: adding 2 Tbs. of flaxseeds into a daily smoothie. Flax is rich in phy­toe­stro­gens—plant-based es­tro­gens that can tackle many of the prob­lems linked to de­clin­ing es­tro­gen, in­clud­ing mood swings.

But if these meth­ods don’t help, your doc­tor can sug­gest other op­tions, like low-dose oral con­tra­cep­tives, which help reg­u­late hor­mone lev­els to sta­bi­lize mood.

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