Supplements and vitamins offer the otherwise missed opportunity to get the right amount of nutrients that our body requires for proper functioning. While a healthy and well-rounded diet should be more than adequate for ensuring we receive the nutrients and vitamins we need, special circumstances may require us to supplement our diets with additional vitamins and supplements. The annoying and uncomfortable conditions experienced by restless leg syndrome may be reduced with supplementation of the following:
At the top of the list is Iron supplements. While the exact causes of restless leg syndrome are unknown, medical professionals have linked low or insufficient iron levels to increased risk or agitation of RLS like symptoms. Of course rushing out and buying the first iron supplement you see isn’t recommended. First, consult with your doctor to see if they can determine your iron levels. In order to determine your iron levels, the doctor will need to confirm insufficient iron levels with a blood test. This blood test will check for iron store levels. If your doctor has determined you’re low on iron, they may recommend an over the counter iron supplement or even prescribe one to you. Ask your doctor for proper dosage to avoid any ill drug interactions or side effects. Be sure you’re consuming sufficient levels of red meat, poultry, and dark leafy greens.
Magnesium has been used to treat a variety of ailments including but not limited to: Heart palpitations, constipation, and even anxiety. Masked as a versatile supplement, this important nutrient is vital for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Magnesium is popular for preventing muscle cramps and a more restful sleep. You can consume the nutrient naturally by ensuring you stock up on the following foods: avocados, dark leafy greens, dried fruit and even dark chocolate! RLS sufferers are frequently encouraged to take Magnesium in conjunction with Ginkgo Biloba to encourage better circulation in the legs.
Sleep disturbances and restless leg syndrome often go hand in hand. The annoying tingly sensation of insects crawling up your legs often keeps you from getting a restful sleep. If you have managed to doze off, chances are you’ll be awake later in the night due to the same sensation. Foods containing the nutrient include: pineapple, oranges, sweet corn, rice, etc. Melatonin supplements are available in a variety of forms including tablets, liquid drops and even gummies; making it easy and convenient to add to your vitamin regimen.
Although few studies have actually linked Vitamin B12 deficiency as an aggravator of restless leg syndrome, the vitamin is beneficial for improving iron levels as well as protecting nerve cells. Dietary sources of this vitamin include but are not limited to: poultry, eggs, fish, and various animal organs. Interestingly enough, a deficiency of this vitamin can result in increased levels of depression, tiredness and poor memory. While B12 isn’t a cure all, if taken at the recommended amount (discuss with your doctor), you may see an overall improvement in your symptoms.
Folate is a naturally occurring nutrient that can be found in foods such as: garbanzo beans, lentils and even leafy spinach. However, chances are you don’t consume these foods on a regular basis and you probably don’t even consume the recommended daily values. Before supplementing with Folate, discuss your decision with your doctor first, as Folate is capable of making any B12 vitamin deficiencies.
Your body relies on Potassium for proper nerve and muscle cell function. A lack of Potassium may result in nerve damage, weakness of the muscles, muscle spasms and even paralysis! Potassium can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including: potatoes, broccoli, kiwi fruit, milk, meat, etc. Potassium is available in a variety of forms including: tablets, slow release tablets, granules, powder, and liquid form.
While supplements make it easy and convenient for us to fill in the nutritional gaps that are otherwise lacking, it’s important to not rely solely on supplements for our nutritional needs. Before beginning any exercise or vitamin regimen, be sure to discuss with your primary care provider to determine your exact supplemental needs are.