Many people experience leg cramps and muscle pain on a regular basis. Because of magnesium’s role in neuromuscular signals and muscle contractions, researchers have observed that magnesium deficiency is often the root cause. Magnesium cues your muscles to relax and not to spasm or contract. Pain medications can mask the symptom, but you are not addressing the actual issue of magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is known as the relaxation mineral and if you are deficient, your muscles can send the deficiency signal in the form of cramping and pain. Supplementing with magnesium helps relax blood vessels in your muscles and maintain normal blood pressure, which in turn restores healthy circulation and relief from the cramping and pain.

Current agricultural practices don’t allow enough time for soil to naturally build up the nutrients our ancestors were able to benefit from- so we have a worldwide issue with magnesium depletion in our food. So unless you are relentlessly counting nutrient levels along with calories, we just don’t get enough magnesium in our diets.

The addition of chlorine and fluoride in water reduces magnesium content, not to mention the plethora of chemicals we pour down our drains (household cleaning products, discarded medications, etc.), and caffeine and sugar intake also reduce magnesium levels. Factor in your own medications, especially diuretics — which are often prescribed for high blood pressure- and you are especially at risk of being deficient. Other causes of cramping can be due to dehydration, heavy exercise, muscle fatigue, alcoholism, drug use, pregnancy, or just poor nutrition.

If you are experiencing leg cramps or muscle pain of any kind, adding a magnesium supplement to your routine may be the answer. The formulation of any magnesium supplement you take is key to how well your body will absorb it. Mag-Tab®SR is a slow release form of magnesium lactate- one of the most absorbable supplement preparations.

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