Natural Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome

                             Studies Show Natural Remedies for
                           Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomnia

Restless Leg Syndrome as a disruptive condition that affects the nervous system and up to 10% of the U.S. population have some form of it.  It results in an irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms), often accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs such as creeping, crawling, tingling, pulling or pain. Because RLS most often occurs in the evening, it can disrupt sleep, contribute to insomnia, and reduce a person*s quality of life. RLS tends to run in families.  A few natural remedies have been shown to help calm the symptoms of restless legs.

The B vitamins are nourishing and essential for the good nervous system health.  A study from the journal *Alternative Medicine Review* found that administration of folic acid (one of the B vitamins) alleviated the symptoms of RLS and may play a role in the treatment of primary, familial RLS.  As a note, the B vitamins work together as a group and should be taken together in a supplement. This will prevent creating a deficiency in the others by taking only one of the whole group, such as folic acid.

In the article *Restless Leg Syndrome Responds to Calcium* by Peter Gott, M.D., he says: *Calcium has been found to be helpful in relieving nocturnal (night time) leg cramps, and some RLS sufferers have also found that it is beneficial in preventing symptoms when taken just prior to sleep... Other deficiencies, most notably iron, magnesium, folic acid and B vitamins, are also known to cause RLS symptoms in some.*

A recent study published in the journal of *Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise* gives the results of various forms of exercise on people who suffer with periodic leg movements (PLM). PLM is a night-time condition with similar symptoms to RLS in which sufferers experience a repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs during sleep.  The results showed that both intense short-term exercise and longer term exercise lowered the symptoms and greatly aided with falling sleep and staying asleep.  (A tip would be to exercise earlier in the day as it may be stimulating if done too close to bed time).

Magnesium deficiency is a key factor in RLS. Studies in the Journal *Sleep* and the *Romanian Journal of Neurology* have found magnesium to be an effective natural therapy for RLS.  Insomnia remedies should have a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium (twice as much calcium as magnesium).  The original research on this ratio appeared in 1935 in the Journal of Physiological Reviews.

Andrew Weil, M.D. says that using drugs for restless leg syndrome, many of which have serious side effects, should be employed only as a last resort.  He suggests RLS sufferers take a calcium/magnesium supplement at bedtime, do some form of daily exercise, stretch or massage their legs, take a hot bath to relax the legs, and stop smoking if they do so, as smoking may impair blood flow to the leg muscles.  Since caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can trigger symptoms, avoiding all three substances can also bring relief.

One natural sleep remedy showing good results with restless leg syndrome is Sleep Minerals II made by Nutrition Breakthroughs. It contains highly absorbable forms of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D -- all combined in a softgel with carrier oils for fast assimilation. Softgels are more fully absorbed than tablets or capsules.

Anne B. of El Dorado Hills, California says: *We find the Sleep Minerals very helpful for my husbands restless leg syndrome. He does not do well on many medications and the drug the doctor prescribed for this was full of bad side effects. Out of pure desperation, I researched the internet and came up with an article about Sleep Minerals II and decided to try them. They have been wonderful.  Bob continues to sleep much better and with very little, if any, movement in his legs.*

Kimberly B. of Troy Michigan says: *I have been taking Sleep Minerals II for about a month now. I have tried everything out there and this supplement is amazing. I have suffered with insomnia for two and a half years and have had restless leg syndrome my entire life. This is the first relief I've ever had...it's gone for a month now.*

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