How does magnesium work to cure cramps?
This crucial mineral...
- Loosens muscles by counteracting the effect of calcium, which tightens muscles. As people age, excess calcium accumulates in the muscles, causing cramps. Also, when people eat a lot of dairy and/or take calcium supplements, (especially with Vitamin D) it is easy to get calcium overload.
- Increases the absorption of potassium, which is critical for proper muscle function.
- Decreases pain by blocking pain receptors in the brain and nervous system.
- Dampens inflammation in the muscles and the entire body.
- Relaxes blood vessels and decreases blood pressure, which restores healthy circulation.
- Increases the production of serotonin, GABA and melatonin, which helps you relax and fall asleep. (Scientific References)
The solution is a taking a high-absorbing magnesium supplement on a regular basis, to restore your magnesium levels and keep them high. You want a product that does not cause digestive upset or diarrhea, because this will prevent your body from absorbing the magnesium. Capsules are usually better than tablets, because the powder within a gelatin capsule can be assimilated more rapidly and fully than a hard tablet. If you eat a lot of dairy products, or take calcium supplements with Vitamin D, it is helpful to decrease your intake to restore a more favorable magnesium/calcium balance.