Israeli scientists have found out that consuming magnesium, a mineral that’s present in broccoli as well as in other green leafy vegetables, lessens the number of leg cramps a person suffers and the pain that comes with them. This is even truer when the magnesium-rich food is consumed at night.
The study which was published in the Journal Magnesium Research and took place at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center had 32 participants all of which suffered from regular leg cramps. The members of the study took a combination of Magnesium and Vitamin B6 for two weeks. The final results showed that 82% of them were completely free of leg cramps and 6% of them had diminished the discomfort associated with the leg cramps by the end of the study. There were no side effects reported by none of the participants.
The combination of Magnesium and Vitamin B6 that was used in the study is commercially sold by the name of RealMagLegs. The supplement was launched a few days ago in the United Kingdom. The product’s manufacturer has funded many studies that have confirmed its benefits. In another piece of research done by the same company, 1,000 people from ages 30 to 65 stated that 97% of them had suffered cramps at least once in their lifetime. Therefore, leg cramps are a very common malady that affects the general population.
Magnesium is a mineral used by many health professionals and nutritionists for its many health related benefits. It can be found in some foods including green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, dark chocolate, avocado, and beans among others. Broccoli, belonging to the family of green leafy vegetables, contains chemical sulforaphane along with high doses of magnesium, to be more exact it has 33 mg per cup of Broccoli. Chemical Sulforaphane is famous for its anti-inflammation properties. It is thought that it reduces some of the symptoms that are associated with arthritis by fighting the swelling of cartilage. Even though these facts sounds promising, the average person would have to buy pounds of Broccoli in order to enjoy from these benefits which is more often than not an unfeasible action.
In the above mentioned study, people were asked about what they thought was the cause of their cramps. 33% of them said that they thought their cramps were caused by either complete muscle inactivity or strenuous exercise. Most of the participants also claimed that they managed their cramps by stretching their legs, massaging them, or simply walking.
John Miles, a physiotherapist that works with the Cardiff Blues Rugby Team stated that he is aware that most patients think that the cause of cramps lies in a muscular problem. Miles, said that leg cramps and cramps in general should be approached in a more holistic way. He asserted that massaging could be helpful but in most cases it wasn’t enough. A change in diet is also recommended, especially the consumption of Magnesium rich foods such as Broccoli as the Israeli study has recently found.