I have experienced painful muscle spasms in my thighs on and off for over 30 years.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have experienced painful muscle spasms in my thighs on and off for over 30 years. Nothing I’ve tried up to this point seems to help. Do you have any recommendations to stop/cure these awful muscle spasms?” — Phyllis B., Kent, WA
A. Dear Phyllis, I would first recommend adding calcium lactate to your daily regimen to help alleviate the painful muscle spasms you are experiencing. Calcium lactate has been recommended for over 50 years to relieve such issues as leg cramps and reduce muscle twitching.
While most people tend to associate calcium with bone health, it also plays a key role in the way our muscles flex and contract. When calcium is released into the muscles, it serves as a signal for them to contract and work. After the exercise or physical labor is done, the muscles signal a return to a relaxed state. Calcium goes back to being on “stand by”. However, if you’ve used up your stores of calcium, your muscles will be unable to respond quickly and effectively. Plus, they won’t relax properly, and you’ll probably get muscle cramps and discomfort. When purchasing a formula, look for one that features calcium lactate, along with magnesium citrate and zinc gluconate. I recommend taking 250 mg of calcium lactate, along with 50 mg of magnesium citrate and 6 mg of zinc daily.
You may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 and magnesium for additional help with muscle relaxation. I recommend that you start out by taking 60 mg of vitamin B6 and 200 mg of magnesium three times daily. You can always reduce the dosage as you begin to see benefits.
When it comes to Vitamin B6, look for its active form – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. The most advantageous form of magnesium to take is magnesium glycinate. This is a very effective form and unlike other forms of magnesium, does not cause a laxative effect.
Terry . . . Naturally