#WOMTake5: Foods that help reduce menstrual cramps

by: Abegaile Legaspi
25 May 2020

Dysmenorrhea, menstrual cramps or whatever you want to call it is the bane of some women’s existence. For the lucky ones, they don’t have to deal with the dreaded period pain on top of our raging hormones and heightened emotions. While popping a painkiller or using a heat pad may do the trick, for some of us, we definitely need all the help we can get (guilty!). Here’s a few food remedies to help your monthly visits be (hopefully) a little less painful.

Golden milk

Tracing back its roots Ayurveda healing (read: “The science of life”), golden milk, made with turmeric and hot milk is said to be the ultimate cure to menstrual cramps. Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties which helps to decrease excessive blood flow and relieve pain. Besides the dreaded monthly visit, turmeric may also help with joint pains and back pains. 


A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down but a sprinkle of cinnamon keeps the cramps at bay. According to a study, having cinnamon regularly (3 times a day) for the first three days of your period contributed to minimal bleeding and pain. On your next cycle, spice up your coffee and cereals (or both) and everything is (hopefully) nice.

Chamomile tea

Thanks to its calming properties, chamomile tea has been linked with reducing menstrual pain. Either way, a hot cuppa tea should do the trick!

Dark Chocolate

Any excuse to have a piece of chocolate, right? But real talk, dark chocolate is rich in magnesium which actually helps relax your uterine muscles thus reducing the pain severity. Other magnesium-rich foods that help prevent dysmenorrhea include nuts and legumes.


Bloating may often make matters worse when dealing with period pain. To minimise the menstrual symptoms altogether, ginger is a great cure. Mix it with your ginger milk or leafy greens for maximum results!