I posted a separate question about possible causes of muscle cramps & stiffness.
Several paleo peeps suggested maybe insufficient calcium as one possible cause.
As I am trying to rule that out, I've been taking 1,000mg Calcium Hydroxyapatite each day (half with breakfast, half with dinner).
Is that a sufficient qty of calcium to conclude it's not calcium deficiency if I'm still having the muscle tightness & cramps (various body parts so it feels more systemic: foot, back, neck, shoulders).
Even on my best eating day this week, I only got 30% calcium from dietary sources.
BTW, in my effort to boost my potassium consumption, I started drinking large qty of V8 (reduced sodium) juice. I started this a few days before the muscles got much worse, so I'm not sure if there is any connection to that (maybe nightshade issues?)
I guess I should mention that in addition to the calicum, I also take 400 mg chelated Magnesium glycinate), and a 6x/day 'green' vitamin (with wheat grass inside).
As I'm trying to get to the bottom of this, I'm trying to rule out one variable at a time. (Trying to consider too much sodium, not enough potassium, maybe not enough calcium all at once is hurting my caveman head!)
All thoughts, comments & suggestions are very much appreciated. Thanks, Mike
asked byCaveMan_Mike (3275)
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on April 25, 2012
at 04:52 AM
I do not supplement with calcium I get plenty from eating salmon (and bones. skin) and sardines. I used to get bad cramps too, then I made sure I got enough magnesium, Vit D & Vit K2. I also Drink reduced sodium V8 juice daily. I rarely get cramps now unless I am dehydrated. The body usually has more than enough calcium stored in bones, etc but if we are deficient in other co-factors that mobilize it (Vit D, K2, Mg, etc) when we need it we can be deficient because it is locked in the bones and can not get out so to speak. Perhaps look at how much water you drink daily, I go through approx 2 quarts a day easy and I do not drink coffee, tea, etc only water.
on April 25, 2012
at 03:47 AM
Ive never taken a calcium supplement before, but I do take Vitamin D which plays a big role (along with K2 and Mg) as to where and how Calcium is distributed in the body.
So my first question back at you would be have you had your vitamin D levels checked?
Im of the opinion that you probably absorb calcium better with a good functioning gut and good vitamin d levels, thus needing less than recommended by the RDA.