I am a healthy 76-year old woman. I eat well, and exercise a lot. I hydrate. I get leg cramps at night that are very painful. I am thinking maybe I should be taking calcium-magnesium-potassium. What amount would you recommend?

Hello and thank you for submitting your question!

Leg cramps can occur for many different reasons that may or may not be nutritionally related. I encourage you to consult with your doctor or a qualified health care professional to help explain what may be causing your leg cramps before taking dietary supplements. Many dietary supplements contain ingredients that are potentially harmful.1 Your doctor or health care professional can discuss whether taking this supplement is safe and appropriate for your needs.

I am happy to hear you are healthy! Visit our Lifestyle pages for more tips on how to build more healthy habits to support your overall health, such as getting your blood pressure checked regularly or setting yourself up for a good night sleep.

Hope this helps!

 

Reference:

1. Office of the Commissioner. “Consumer Updates - FDA 101: Dietary Supplements.” U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Updated November 6, 2017. Accessed December 7, 2018. Available from www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm050803.htm.

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