As per a new study, living near green spaces could reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
In a first-of-its-kind study that involved more than 1,000 women aged 18 to 49 living in cities in Norway and Sweden.
The key findings show women who live in neighbourhoods with more green spaces are less likely to experience PMS symptoms.
Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and the University of Bergen found that women living in greener spaces were also less likely to experience anxiety, depression, difficulty in sleeping, breast tenderness or abdominal bloating.
But there have not been any previous studies into its relationship with green spaces.
The study was published in Environment International. But it indeed adds to the knowledge of health benefits associated with natural environments.
The study adopted the normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) calculated green space and scientists also estimated exposure to air pollution.
This research aims to establish if living near greener spaces could improve PMS symptoms. It also tries to find out whether it was affected by body mass index, air pollution or physical activity.
However, it remains a fact that contact with nature helps to reduce stress and improve mental health.
Stress can worsen PMS symptoms and also increase levels of the hormone cortisol.
Not only this, researchers found that women needed to be exposed to green space for a long time to get the most benefits.
This research also underscores the importance of long-term exposure to green space.
Previous research links the benefits of natural spaces with a rise in physical activity and a reduction in air pollution exposure as well.