More on nighttime leg cramps

Published: March, 2014

There are many conventional ways to prevent nocturnal leg cramps. What follows are some of the lesser-known approaches..

Magnesium pills. There is solid evidence that pills containing several hundred milligrams (mg) of magnesium can help pregnant women with leg cramps. Whether the pills help others is more of a toss-up. British researchers reported positive results in the late 90s, but their study was funded by a company that makes magnesium pills and other alternative medicines. A different study of similar design, published several years before, found no difference between magnesium and a placebo.

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