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I'm beginning to get frequent cramp in my hands and feet - is this a sign of a mineral deficiency?

Commented on November 10, 2013
Created November 09, 2013 at 5:48 PM

After years of rarely getting cramp, I am beginning to get quite frequent cramping, mainly in my fingers or feet, though sometimes calf. Is this a sign of a mineral deficiency? Or just a consequence of ageing?

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on November 10, 2013
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I pretty much agree with this. Cramps are tricky, but (without knowing more about your diet, etc) I would guess there's a deficiency of magnesium or potassium. If you supplement them, take 'em both together, as their absorbency is synergistic. Even eating a wide variety of foods, as most paleos do, it's not hard to become deficient in either, as I understand it.

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Too many nuts (brazil, almond, caschew, etc) too often seem to give me cramps in my knuckles.

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on November 09, 2013
at 09:10 PM

I have searched high and low (read: google) for an answer to the question of what causes foot and leg cramps. It seems that no one really knows. The suggestion is usually minerals. The thing that worries me is that taking a particular mineral in excess might mean a synergistic shortfall in another.

In my opinion, the science does not really exist at the moment to determine with any exactitude what exactly is the cause. (If i had to go for one mineral, however, it would be magnesium :) ). Lately I've been eating a lot of raw green vegetables from my garden, and my incidence of leg and foot cramps has gone way down. HTH.

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on November 10, 2013
at 06:13 AM

I pretty much agree with this. Cramps are tricky, but (without knowing more about your diet, etc) I would guess there's a deficiency of magnesium or potassium. If you supplement them, take 'em both together, as their absorbency is synergistic. Even eating a wide variety of foods, as most paleos do, it's not hard to become deficient in either, as I understand it.

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on November 09, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I'd say mineral deficiency, perhaps lack of exercise as well. Since Paleo I rarely get any cramps, whereas I used to get calf muscle cramps all the time at night. I think that not eating grains & sugar has allowed my body the opportunity to better absorb the minerals I get. But I can't separate out the fact that I am in better physical shape than I have been since teenage years.

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