I’ve been having leg cramps that become worse at night.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been having leg cramps that become worse at night. What should I do?” — Dom V., Lancaster, PA
A. Dear Dom, When it comes to muscle cramps, staying hydrated is important. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water (aim for 6-8 8 oz. glasses per day) to make sure you’re not dehydrated.
I also recommend adding calcium lactate to your daily regimen to help alleviate the leg cramps you are experiencing. 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, as it is during exercise, 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 during exercise, your muscles will be unable to respond quickly and effectively - that’s when you get muscle cramps. I recommend taking calcium lactate, along with magnesium, and zinc daily.
You may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. When it comes to vitamin B6, look for its active form – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). Many people (some estimate up to 30% - 50% 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.
I would take calcium lactate, magnesium glycinate, zinc glycinate, and vitamin B6 two to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally