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Muscle Cramps


About
Cramps in the muscles occur when muscle fail to stretch out after contracting. Muscle cramps may be caused by electrolyte deficiency, physical overexertion, staying in one position for too long, imbalanced hormones, allergies, poor circulation, etc.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Creatine can raise the chances of muscle cramps.
  • Researchers are studying the ability of Gabapentin to relieve cramps.
  • To control muscle cramps try massage therapy or hydrotherapy.


Advice
  • Always eat green leafy vegetables, kelp, alfalfa, cornmeal.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Hot baths with mineral salts will help the blood flow right before bedtime.
  • If you do strenuous exercise you need to rub flax seed oil or unprocessed olive oil.
  • Impaired circulation is if your cramping stops after you stop walking but continues if you keep walking.
  • See a doctor if you have cramps while beginning active.
  • Take potassium if you are taking blood pressure medication.
  • Use heat to ease pain in your muscle.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Calcium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Lack of calcium can contribute to leg and foot cramps at night. Chelate or citrate forms are recommended.
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Magnesium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Lack of magnesium can contribute to leg and foot cramps at night. Chelate or citrate forms are recommended.
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Vitamin E
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances circulation. Beneficial for cramping due to varicose veins. Lack of vitamin E can contribute to leg cramps during standing or walking.
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Malic acid and Magnesium
Importance: High
Comments: Malic acid helps with muscle cell production. Magnesium helps produce cellular energy.
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Potassium
Importance: High
Comments: Helps metabolize calcium and magnesium. Soothes muscle cramps.
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Silica
Importance: High
Comments: Provides silicon which is needed for calcium uptake.
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Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances circulation. Boosts function of cells.
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Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Importance: High
Comments: Helps muscle tone. Improves circulation.
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Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances circulation. Caution:Those who suffer from gout, liver disorder, or high blood pressure should not take niacin.
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Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances circulation.
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Vitamin D
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with calcium absorption.
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Dimethylglycine (DMG)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances flow of oxygen to tissues.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa, bayberry, blessed thistle, cayenne, dong quai, elder flower, Echinacea, elderberry extract, garlic, ginkgo biloba, horsetail, and saffron
Type: Internal
Purposes: For circulation
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Horsetail, meadowsweet, valerian, and skullcap.
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases muscle cramps.
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Lobelia
Type: External
Purposes: Eases cramping in the muscle
Dosage: Rub on affected area.
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Valerian Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Relaxes muscles
Dosage: Take at bedtime.
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