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Many people over the age of fifty have recurrent lower leg cramps usually in the evening.  Their calve muscles seem to tighten up into a knot.  Stretching does not alleviate the pain.  though massaging the calves often  help.

The culprit of these,  is  usually mineral deficiencies.  This can happen even if you are taking a multivitamin.  The three most common deficiencies, in order, are magnesium, calcium, potassium.  All these are involved om nerve and muscle contraction.  Blood test can detect these deficiencies, but the test often are not accurate.

T he first thing to do is to eat foods that are rich in these minerals.  Magnesium is found in whole grains, legumes and green leafy vegetables.  Good source of calcium include broccoli, collard greens, kelp, yogurt, and milk unless you are sensitive.  Potassium rich foods include apples, oranges, bananas, tomatoes and potatoes.

Many people get relief from leg cramps by taking a combination  supplement. Take a calcium {500 mg, } Magnesium{250 mg.} complex after dinner.  For most people, this will resolve the problem within a day,  If that doesn’t help  a potassium deficiency may be the problem.  Drink eight ounces of vegetable juice a day, such as low sodium V-8 juice.

Resource: Mark A. Stengler, ND, is associate clinical professor.  National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland Or. and a naturopathic physician at La Jolla Whole Health Clinic , La Jolla, Ca.

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