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The Best Natural Supplements To Treat Your Restless Leg Symptoms

May 25, 2013

By some estimates, 10 percent of people in the US suffer from restless legs syndrome, or “RLS”. Fortunately, in addition to sensible lifestyle changes, like watching one’s diet and moderate exercise, there are a number of important supplements that can help manage the symptoms of the disease. And, they are important to include as part of any natural treatment plan. Below, I will examine the six most common supplements for restless legs and highlight their benefits.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E critically aids in cell-signalling, neurologic function and acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. All three are elements are crucial to helping to regulating the brain’s chemistry in order to reduce the severity of RLS.

Vitamin B12: Often recommended to those suffering from ‘jumpy legs’ or RLS. Vegans, in particular, can suffer from deficiencies since dietary B12 is frequently found in animal-based food products. Along with anemia, B12 deficiencies are linked to nerve disorders, such as, numbness or tingling in the legs.

Folic Acid: Folic acid occurs naturally in bananas, leafy green vegetables, beans, orange juice and red meats. It’s a common treatment for anemia or iron deficiencies. And, it may work on restless legs syndrome by helping the body manage its ferritin or iron levels. It’s available in pill form and frequently taken with other B vitamins.

Calcium: Evidence suggests calcium can reduce restless legs symptoms in some sufferers. However, several studies have clearly shown that calcium can block the absorption of dietary iron, and iron deficiencies have been shown to cause restless legs in some people. So, it’s important to discontinue any calcium supplements at once if you notice your restless legs getting more pronounced.

Magnesium: A number of studies, including one by James Penland at the Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota, linked magnesium deficiencies to chronic insomnia and disturbed sleep. In addition, two smaller studies have linked magnesium deficiencies with restless legs. Magnesium pills and milk of magnesia are a simple way to supplement one’s diet.

Iron: Around 30% of restless legs patients get relief for their restless leg syndrome (RLS) by simply managing the ferritin levels in their blood. Ferritin is a protein in your body that stores iron. Simple over-the-counter tests are available to monitor ferritin levels, and moderating one’s diet to include iron rich foods, such as animal products or leafy-green vegetables can often correct any imbalance. Iron pills can also be found at most drug and health food stores.

While there is no known cure for restless legs, there are several things sufferers can do to reduce the severity of the symptoms they experience and reduce the debilitating effect that the disease has on their lives. For some, natural supplementation is an intelligent choice after lifestyle and dietary changes have failed, and before the patient is ready for pharmaceutical intervention.

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