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Why does Natural Calm make me feel calm?

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Created August 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I started taking Natural Calm a week ago because I often get leg cramps in the middle of the night and, after researching, I felt like I could have a magnesium deficiency. I started slowly and have now gotten up to 1/2 a teaspoon morning and night for the last four days.

Well, the leg cramps have happened two of the last seven nights so I don't see any improvement there which is weird. However, what I have noticed is that immediately, when I drink the Natural Calm, I feel calm and it seems to last. When I drink it in the morning, it's like I can get through the stress of the day better. When I drink it at supper, the rest of the evening is a breeze. Why would that be? It's just magnesium right? I don't have a dramatic sense of peace after eating almonds or spinach, both of which are supposed to be great sources of magnesium. Why is Natural Calm different?

First of all, I haven't ruled out a placebo effect. Maybe I'm just looking at the bottle that says "calm" and then I feel "calm" because I want it to work. But I wasn't expecting it to work this way, all day long, so there does seem to be something going on physiologically.

Can anyone explain to me why Natural Calm would make me feel so calm?

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on August 26, 2012
at 10:20 AM

I was low carb and tried potassium chloride, more fruit and veg (LC) and the night cramps just did not go away until I ate a fair amount of white potato (I'm talking two medium potatoes with dinner), we can try to theorise about everything, or we can just do what works and get on with our lives. :)

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on August 26, 2012
at 04:30 AM

The leg cramps are more likely a potassium deficiency. That's why the potato might help, or a tomato, or an avocado, or a salt substitute.

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on August 25, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Eat white potato rather than sweet, magnesium is NOT the problem, otherwise it would cure it. Also eat more salt. Fixes night cramps like magic.

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on August 25, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Why are you working up? Why not just take a full dose immediately? I notice if I take 400 or more mg of magnesium it really helps with the leg cramps.

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on August 25, 2012
at 04:01 PM

I eat sweet potatos regularly so I don't believe this is the problem. I've also been aware of not getting dehydrated. Can't say for sure, but I certainly am trying to drink enough water.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Calcium is an antagonist to Magnesium.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:32 PM

It probably won't go away if you eat potatoes. Magnesium is required for carbohydrate metabolism and since potatoes are chock full of carbs, they "steal" magnesium fro you and just further the magnesium deficiency.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Likely because calcium supplements usually have it already.

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on August 25, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Why do you say that?

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on August 25, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Eat some potato, bet those night cramps disappear.

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on August 25, 2012
at 02:02 PM

if magnesium helps with calcium absorption why do zma supplements recommend not taking it with a calcium supplement?

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on August 26, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Magnesium binds to GABA sites(a brain neurotransmitter) and helps you retain the GABA in your brain. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter. That is most likely what is happening. Re: your night cramps - my dh takes magnesium for heart issues and he was getting night leg cramps - his doc said to take calcium - about 250mg in the morning. Take the magnesium at night. I'd never heard this before but like someone else remarked they are antagonists and kind of cancel each other out - weird that almost all supplements combine the two. Hopefully that will help.

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on August 25, 2012
at 01:57 PM

Calcium is a natural tranquilizer, magnesium helps tremendously with calcium absorption. I would expect a bit of tranquility. Hopefully, you'll soon get the same results with your leg cramps.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Likely because calcium supplements usually have it already.

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on August 25, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Calcium is an antagonist to Magnesium.

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on August 25, 2012
at 02:02 PM

if magnesium helps with calcium absorption why do zma supplements recommend not taking it with a calcium supplement?

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on August 26, 2012
at 08:53 AM

Because it's the freakin' name of the product?

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on August 25, 2012
at 02:54 PM

This is what happens to me after taking magnesium supplements. I don't think it's a placebo effect because it says nothing on my bottle of magnesium about feeling calm (or helping me to sleep, if it's at night). It was just an unexpected and pleasant side effect. :)

Sorry this didn't really answer your question.

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on August 25, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Because zinc can interfere with calcium Absorption.

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