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Antioxidants (Basel). 2019 Dec 26;9(1). pii: E23. doi: 10.3390/antiox9010023.

Negative Mood Is Associated with Diet and Dietary Antioxidants in University Students During the Menstrual Cycle: A Cross-Sectional Study from Guangzhou, China.

Bu L1,2, Lai Y1,2, Deng Y1,2, Xiong C1,2, Li F1,2, Li L1,2, Suzuki K3, Ma S3, Liu C1,2.

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College of Food Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China.
The Key Laboratory of Food Quality and Safety of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou 510642, China.
Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Tokorozawa 3591192, Japan.


Postpubescent females may have negative mood or premenstrual syndrome during the menstrual cycle; with the emotional and physical symptoms interfering with their quality of life. Little is known about the relationship of dietary behaviors and dietary antioxidant intake with negative mood or premenstrual syndrome in university students in China; so we explored the relationship between negative mood and dietary behavior in female university students during the three menstrual cycle phases. Random sampling was used to enroll 88 individuals from a university in Guangzhou; China in the study. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires. Descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression analyses were performed. During the menstrual phase, tea, black coffee and carbonated beverage intake was higher in the group with a high negative affect scale score than in the low score group (p < 0.05). Likewise; during the premenstrual phase, fresh fruit (banana and red Chinese dates) intake was higher in the group with a high negative affect scale score than in the low-score group (p < 0.05). The logistic regression analysis results showed that negative mood was positively associated with tea, coffee, and carbonated beverage intake during the menstrual phase (β = 0.21, p = 0.0453, odds ratio = 1.23), and negative mood was positively associated with banana and red Chinese dates intake during the premenstrual phase (β = 0.59, p = 0.0172, odds ratio = 1.81). Our results suggest that negative mood may be associated with diet and specific food in university postpubescent females.


diet behavior; female students; menstrual cycle; negative mood; premenstrual syndrome

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