Calcium Causes Muscle Cramps -- It is a Big Side Effect! |


Calcium Causes Muscle Cramps -- It is a Big Side Effect!

Muscle cramps are simple -- they are tight muscles that won't relax. To understand why this happens, you have to understand how muscles work: calcium causes muscles to contract, and magnesium causes them to relax. Due to diets that are too high in dairy foods, like milk, cheese and yogurt, excess calcium is a very common problem in the American diet. What makes it worse is calcium supplements, especially when they are combined with Vitamin D, as this greatly increases the absorption of calcium.  Vitamin D is very important, but when you take it with a calcium supplement, it is quite easy to get a calcium overload that can cause cramps, or make existing cramps worse.


In addition, as we age, the body generally "calcifies". This means that the tissues, including muscles, tend to accumulate calcium and "harden". This is part of the reason why cramps become very common among people age 50 and older. 


If you suffer from muscle cramps, you need to try reducing your calcium intake, and add a high absorbing magnesium supplement, which counteracts the effects of the excess calcium and helps muscles relax.



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Jul 15, 2018 • Posted by Arvind kumar Daniel

I have pain & cramp in my thighs muscles

Feb 16, 2018 • Posted by Lisa

I have RSD and just got my thyroid out. Doc says take supplements calcium and d3. I take this I have SEVERE MUSCLE AND SKETAEL PAIN . NOT BIG FAN OF MORE PAIN. ADVICE?

Sep 23, 2017 • Posted by Paula Ford

I had total thyroidectomy 1 1/2 yrs ago. My Endocrine Dr pUT me on Calcium 1200 mg/day divided dose and Vit D 7000 in divided doses. Have just started having horrible leg cramp in the side of calf area. Affects mainly right leg but today left leg is somewhat hurting as well. Right side calf was extremely painful. Have actually missed 2 or 3 does of Vit D & Calcium in the past week. Don’t know if perhaps that has something to do with it. I remember my Vit D was 56. Calcium was normal as Endocrine Dr didn’t change anything. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

Apr 22, 2017 • Posted by lidia

Im so gratefull for the information.Icould not understan why the cramps because im usiing tablets that contain kaluim and calsuim a combination .

Jun 14, 2016 • Posted by Phyllis Cooper

i take magnesium malate but how do I know how much to take? I was taking one in a.m. and one in p.m. and have gone back to one a day. i take a prescription potasium twice a week. I have a cup of coffee in the a.m. and glass of wine or a vodka tonic in the evening with dinner.

My cramps are so excruciating that them come from my groin down through my thighs to my legs and I cannot walk (like my legs are paralyzed. It makes me scream out loud because they hurt so bad.

what should I do??

Feb 25, 2016 • Posted by roselyn britton

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Feb 18, 2016 • Posted by Douglas Walt

I am 75 and have had trouble with leg & foot cramps for several years I started taking Mg bright about two months ago and with in two weeks the cramps disappeared. upon further checking I found I had an imbalance of calcium and Magnesium so I cut out the calcium and soon started developing a rash on my legs and arms ,I then cut back on the magnesium and the rash went away This stuff is wonderful however please don’t over dose.

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