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Date: 11/1/13 9:37 AM

I recently learned that magnesium is known to be helpful for preventing leg cramps. It was interesting how I learned this -- I heard it from someone who was speaking about the natural healing properties of the Bitter Waters of Marah, where the Israelites were taken right after they were released from captivity in Egypt.

Anyway, back to the question -- if you've been using magnesium to help with cramps, how has it worked, and what kind have you used?

I've had thigh cramps a few times in the night during the last year, and they are horrible, scary things. So I bought some magnesium oxide powder the other day and have been taking 1/4 tsp. (the recommended dose) in a cup of warm milk before bed. I'm doing this because magnesium oxide powder is flavorless and I've read that it helps you fall asleep. Also, magnesium and calcium apparently work together to help with cramps. Oh, and warm milk is nice before bed.

I've just begun doing this, so I don't have any results to report yet, but I wondered what results others have had with magnesium (or magnesium and calcium).

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Date: 11/1/13 11:05 AM

Whenever I feel the first twinge of a cramp, I take two tablets of a combination of calcium, magnesium and zinc which I buy at WM for a very reasonable price. I finally associated most of my cramping incidents with not drinking enough water that day and being more active than usual, so I think dehydration may contribute to the onset of cramps.

If I waken during the night with a full-blown cramp (usually the top of my foot or my calf, but sometimes the thigh), I take the two pills with a full glass of water. Within a few minutes, the cramping has subsided. I now know to keep my bottle of tablets and a glass of water by my bedside.

I also take two of the tablets whenever I'm having trouble falling asleep. It works like a charm.

I hope what you're using now works, but if you need more relief, try the combination. I know the calcium and magnesium work as muscle relaxants, and the extra zinc is a bonus.

I just did a little more research. It seems that a low level of zinc also causes cramps. Also, the RDA for magnesium is 300 mg, and there is just no way we can get that much from the food we eat. I think I am just going to start taking my tablets on a daily basis.

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Date: 11/1/13 11:11 AM

I take magnesium because I'm prone to kidney stones and it helps to break them up. I take 400 mg per day and have found it does alleviate my leg cramps. Mine are usually in the calf, and due to a lot of standing. I used to get them really bad when I was a teen; to the point of tears. If I don't take my daily dose, they come back--with a vengeance.

Did you know that burdock root is ultra high in magnesium? I don't know if it grows where you are, and if it does, pull out the root (it will be difficult, but worth it). Let it hang in a dry place for about two weeks, then chop into 1" sections. Use one of the sections in hot water for tea.

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Date: 11/1/13 11:45 AM

I found a link for foods high in magnesium. I knew about banannas, but wondered what else was also good. Foods high in magnesium

If none of them are part of your regular diet, they could be good additions to try. Most of them are good for other reasons too.

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Date: 11/1/13 2:46 PM

I take these daily for my Fibromyalgia. It definitely helps reduce muscle issues for me be it cramps, pain, soreness from activity.

Fibroease

I try to drink lots of water too. I find that helps my muscle issues a lot!

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Date: 11/1/13 3:13 PM

I was told to drink more water too.

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Date: 11/1/13 7:23 PM

Wow -- these replies are wonderful. Thanks!

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Date: 11/1/13 8:00 PM

I use Natural Calm for both alleviating leg cramps and to help me get to sleep. I can definitely tell when I've not been taking it, because the leg cramps start up again.

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Date: 11/2/13 12:15 PM

Thanks for posting that link.

Chocolate is one of the highest!!

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Date: 11/2/13 1:09 PM

I also purchase Natural CALM. Vitacost has good pricing relative to the local retailers if you can bundle your order for free shipping. With my dietary sources of magnesium, 200mg is usually just right for me.

Some foods I think of more as nutrients than as food. If I woke up with muscle cramps I would head to the kitchen. If it came to mind that I had been shorting myself on magnesium, calcium or potassium I would target whatever I knew I was short on. If nothing came to mind, I would target all three; most likely yogurt with banana and CALM mixed in the yogurt.

So far I have been able to keep my minerals in balance with food and only the magnesium supplement - hoping/expecting next week's bone density scan to confirm this. Should add that my daily smoothie helps as a lot gets dumped into the blender including greens, a bit of lightly steamed broccoli and CALM.
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Did you know that magnesium bonds with fluoride in the body? I have read that our bodies reach a tipping point on fluoride when we are in our fifties and that the excess is removed by bonding with magnesium. Excess fluoride can cause muscle tightening - rigidity in extreme cases. The extreme cases I have read about are in India where they drink something called 'brick tea'.

If you are interested, read a bit about maximum recommended daily intake of fluoride. Some common sources would be dental products (you may notice it has doubled in many pastes), tea and machine processed chicken (machine processed allows the fluoride to leach from the chicken bones into the chicken 'meat').

After spending weeks out of town helping with a new business set up I found that eggs from fast food places can be loaded with fluoride! That little egg only, no biscuit, sandwich that I thought was safe road food is not necessarily safe at all. Many chains use fluoride/chemical containing preservatives in their eggs!

If you are over fifty, live in an area that adds fluoride to the water and have muscle stiffness or tightness that is not relieved by keeping your nutrients in check, consider eliminating known fluoride sources from your diet for a month long trial.

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