Mus­cle cramps

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - News -

Fre­quent mus­cle cramps may be a sign that you’re low in mag­ne­sium.

‘It plays a role in over 300 metabolic pro­cesses, trig­ger­ing a lot of im­por­tant enzyme pro­cesses within the body,’ says Suzie. ‘It’s vi­tal for proper nerve and mus­cle func­tion, and helps reg­u­late cal­cium ab­sorp­tion. Low mag­ne­sium can lead to painful cramps and spasms, in­clud­ing pe­riod pains.’ Other symp­toms may in­clude in­som­nia, chronic fa­tigue, lack of en­ergy, ir­ri­tabil­ity and low mood.

Fix it

Eat plenty of mag­ne­sium-rich leafy greens, oily fish, nuts and seeds. Avoid pro­cessed foods, and cut back on tea and cof­fee, as these de­plete mag­ne­sium. Cer­tain med­i­ca­tions (such as an­tibi­otics, in­sulin and the Pill) also de­plete mag­ne­sium.

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