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Got Cramps? Try Some PMS Chocolate

I know it sounds totally cliched, but sometimes a chocolate bar can help make an unbearable day better — especially when you're PMSing. While chocolate has been proven to be good for you, a company in Canada is taking it to the next level. Jamieson Vitamins is introducing a new product called PMS Support. Each bar is "infused with natural botanicals" — such as willow bark, artichoke and chasteberry — that will help relive the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS. The bars which are snack size (think Halloween candy bars), have 70 calories each and are intended to be eaten three times a day for up to five days.

When tested on a dozen women, Penny Kendall-Reed, a naturopathic doctor and director of Toronto's Urban Wellness Clinic, discovered that the women were unanimous in their endorsements.

"It's nice for women to have an option to pills or capsules," said Kendall-Reed. "Most women we tested felt calmer within three to four hours and their pain and cramping dissipated within four days."

Right now the bars are only available in Canada (15 bars for C$19.99), but I'm really curious as to how they taste and hope that they make it across the border soon.


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bandie08 bandie08 8 years
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
umm...i get cramps for several days. am i weird? chocolate does help. i am from canada but haven't tried these. i dont like buying things that say PMS on them. i dunno why.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I guess I'd try this, but seriously, who does have cramps that long?! I just need a bag of M&M's and some Advil, or a hot bath. Ahhhh...
lala788 lala788 9 years
i like that idea , chocolate to relief the PMS , i want to try this!
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 9 years
wonder what they are like hmm
CortneyLynn CortneyLynn 9 years
I want to hear more about this "chasteberry" business...
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
I hear you 'llendril'.
llendril llendril 9 years
any excuse to eat chocolate sounds good to me!
cindeerella cindeerella 9 years
3-4 days for the pain to subside?!! holy mother i cant wait 4 days!!
KerryG KerryG 9 years
Huh. When I was already having cramps, chocolate just made them worse.
cybele cybele 9 years
"their pain and cramping dissipated within four days" ... um, yeah, when their period was over? (I'm with you 7kimba7) How about a bag of chocolate chips and a couple of ibuprofen ... far cheaper and you can share with your fella. (I've always found a little extra calcium cures my backache.)
Swp2885 Swp2885 9 years
sounds like an interesting idea- but i'll stick with my snickers bars for now ;)
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Their pain and cramping dissipated in 3-4 days? How long do their cramps usually last? Plus the study was only conducted with 12 women. Alas, you have not won me over yet. I would prefer a square of that Hershey's super dark chocolate that has dried fruit and nuts in it.
cageyme cageyme 9 years
I don't always have PMS, but when I do I find that taking a magnesium supplement (chocolate is full of magnesium) I don't crave chocolate. Of course, I'd still rather have the chocolate. ;)
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I hope they start selling this here. I will definately try it. I am at this very minute eating M&M's as when i get pms i crave them and i honestly feel a little better after i eat them, so if i could eat chocolate that helps cramps i would be a very happy girl. :dance:
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