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.

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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.

*These supplements should not be taken in lieu of medication. Please seek doctor’s advice if you experience serious symptoms or are pregnant.