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My wife has restless leg syndrome.

Q. Dear Terry, “My wife has restless leg syndrome. Sometimes it seems like she’s running a marathon when she’s falling asleep. Needless to say, both of us frequently have a hard time sleeping. Is there anything natural she can try? ”– Mario T., Pasadena, TX

A. Dear Mario, I encourage your wife to add some moderate exercise to her daily regimen, if she is not doing so already. One of the issues with restless leg syndrome is that too little or too much exercise can make the symptoms worse, so she should do her best to find a comfortable middle ground. Also, she could try and reduce the amount of stimulants (such as caffeine) in her diet. She may also want to try taking a warm shower or bath in the evening. If she doesn’t have dairy issues, she can drink some warm milk (I prefer goat’s milk) or eat a small piece of cheese before bed. The protein will help to keep her blood sugar levels stable as she sleeps, and the calcium will help to relax the muscles.

In addition to diet and lifestyle choices, there are natural ingredients that I think could be very beneficial: vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc. I strongly recommend vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate and zinc glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 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. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Zinc also works synergistically with magnesium and vitamin B6.

I would take 10 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), 100 mg of magnesium (as magnesium bisglycinate chelate), and 5 mg of zinc (as zinc bisglycinate chelate) twice per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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