A healthy diet may help you manage the symptoms of heavy bleeding.
Eat a healthy diet (a good idea for every day of the month!) that includes:
- Whole grains
- Fresh fruits
- Saturated fats
- Junk foods
Some experts believe that eating foods with vitamin K may help manage heavy periods, because this vitamin affects the blood’s ability to clot. Vitamin K-rich foods include:1
- Leafy green vegetables (especially kale and turnip greens)
- Green peas
- Whole wheat
- Green beans
Foods that contain iron include:
Smaller amounts of iron can be found in:
- Dried beans and peas
- Iron-fortified cereals, bread, pasta
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Dried fruits, nuts, seeds
- Some multivitamins
- 1. Winchester Hospital (Lahey Health System). Health Library: Vitamin K. http://www.winchesterhospital.org/health-library/article?id=21883. Accessed June 20, 2016.
- 2. Mayo Clinic. Iron deficiency anemia. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355034. Accessed June 10, 2016.