Muscle cramps are the worst. They take you by surprise and can really hurt. While massaging the area might bring some relief, it’s more of a stop-gap measure than a long-term solution. Which is why it could be better to tackle the root of the problem.
There are many causes of muscle cramps. One of them is a lack of minerals involved in muscle contraction and relaxation. Known as electrolytes, it includes magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium.
It’s best to seek a doctor’s advice to pinpoint the cause of your recurring muscle cramps, but if your condition is due to a lack of magnesium, you’ll need to up your daily intake of the mineral.
The best way, of course, is via natural sources such as avocado, nuts, tofu and dark chocolate. But if you’re busy and find it hard to stick to a balanced diet, consider a supplement like Blackmores Muscle Magnesium – winner of the Best Powder/Bar Supplement category for the CLEO Body Awards 2018.
Apart from helping to supplement your daily mineral intake, it also helps to provide relief to muscle cramps due to strenuous exercise, muscle injury, inflexible muscle and pregnancy.
Have difficulty swallowing pills? Fret not, as this supplement comes in a powder formula that contains magnesium citrate, which is easily absorbed by your body and can be consumed at any time of the day.
Apart from relieving symptoms of magnesium deficiency, it also promotes muscle health and repair, making it great for people who exercise regularly.
Blackmores Muscle Magnesium retails for $44 exclusively at Watsons.
Here are other supplements you might want to try according to your lifestyle.
For those who work out regularly
Try: Exercise Multi, $53 (60 tablets). Available at Watsons, Robinsons and Blackmores Flagship Store at #B1-111, Parkway Parade.
If you’re always hitting the gym, you need something that can boost your energy and overall health so your body can support your active lifestyle. This supplement contains Siberian ginseng to boost stamina and endurance, vitamin D for muscle and bone health, as well as B vitamins to give you that added energy boost to help you achieve your exercise goals.
For those who get pre-menstrual cramps
Try: Bio Magnesium, $39 (100 tablets). Available at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, Unity and leading departmental stores.
Unsure if your abdominal cramps is due to your period or a magnesium deficiency? This supplement tackles both symptoms. This blend of magnesium oxide, magnesium phosphate and other essential minerals not only promotes magnesium absorption and relieves symptoms of magnesium deficiency, but also prevents muscle cramps and spasms while relieving pre-menstrual symptoms.
For women with hectic lifestyles
Try: Women’s Vitality Multi, $42 (50 tablets). Available at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, Unity and leading departmental stores.
If you’re always on the go and don’t want to take different supplements to tackle different issues, go for this formula that contains 24 nutrients and Siberian ginseng to support your active lifestyle. It also contains milk thistle, which has detoxifying properties and balances your mood.
For those who plan ahead
Try: Omega Triple Concentrated Fish Oil, $55 (60 capsules). Available at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, Unity and leading departmental stores.
If the health of your brain and heart are your main concerns, you need this supplement in your life. It contains triple the Omega-3 fatty acids of a standard 1,000mg fish oil capsule to help maintain brain function and heart health. It also helps to reduce joint swelling and inflammation.
For those who are concerned about bone health
Try: Cal-D, $36 (100 tablets). Available at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, Unity and leading departmental stores.
To help strengthen your bones, you might like this supplement, which contains calcium and vitamin D3 – the two nutrients essential for bone health. Poor bone health can make your bones brittle, increasing the risk of fractures.
*These supplements should not be taken in lieu of medication. Please seek doctor’s advice if you experience serious symptoms or are pregnant.