F. Muscles, RLS

Restless Legs Syndrome and Muscle Problems (twitching, the jumps, etc.)

There are a number of theories, and they are theories.  Our recommendation is to start by trying a combination of Magnesium Chelate and Vitamin E.  We have had many favourable reports from this supplementation.  This combination can be taken before bed.

If magnesium deficiency/inability is not your problem – then the next step we suggest is investigating food additives/colorings and chemicals on Sue Dengate’s website http://www.fedup.com.au.  Or you could try buying her DVD Fed Up with Children’s Behavior to investigate the possibility of food additive intolerance (this DVD is not just applicable to children).

It may be that you will have to go on an elimination diet to see what food additives/chemicals/perfumes and perhaps cleaning fluids you are intolerant to… in order to fix your Restless Legs Syndrome.  (See below.)

Failing that.. Iron deficiency (anaemia), folic acid deficiency and vitamin B are other suggestions we have read about or heard about that you might think are worth trying.

It appears that Restless Legs Syndrome is sometimes aggravated by extra exertion, is this true for you?

We suggest you use trial and error to see if any of the ideas help you.


This important mineral helps contribute to the maintenance of healthy bones and helps to relieve spasms, muscle cramps, mild anxiety and nervous tension where this is associated with a lack of magnesium.

Magnesium has been recommended by a number of sources, including Phil Alexander on Radio 2UE in Australia.  Some recommend taking it with Vitamin E.

Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate and Vitamin E are both available to try – in combination (and separately if you wish).

Other customers of ours have had success with Mag Phos X 6 tissue salts.

Food Additive/Perfume/Cleaning Fluids Intolerance

The DVD Fed Up with Children’s Behavior has a section in it on Restless Legs Syndrome.

The woman interviewed suffers from prickling, twitching legs, she wants to continually move her legs, and finds it very hard to sit in a movie theatre, or a train or plane.

The DVD has isolated the following items as potential intolerances that result in Restless Legs Syndrome:

  • Natural food chemicals and additives
  • salicylates
  • MSG
  • Artificial chemicals
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning Fluids

Details on these additives/food intolerances can be found on the DVD, and information can also be found on the Fed Up website.

Please refer to the section on Food Additives in the Nutrition Page.

During Pregnancy

A poll done by the American National Sleep Foundation in 1998 showed that up to 15 percent of pregnant women develop restless legs syndrome during the third trimester.

In the third trimester of pregnancy “if you develop Restless Legs Syndrome, you may want to talk to your health care physician about an iron deficiency.”
Another study by Dr. Lee, the role of folate and iron were studied.? Dr Kryger found that those who developed restless legs syndrome were found to be iron deficient and/or folic acid deficient before becoming pregnant. It could be appropriate for women who develop RLS during pregnancy to have their iron status checked by their doctor.? The good news is that for most women, according to Dr. Kryger, RLS goes away with childbirth.
Source:? American National Sleep Foundation website April 7, 2005.

How did you go?

We would love to hear your feedback on your trials.? Please Contact Us with your experiences.

You can read about RLS in the book Sleep Thief, Restless Legs Syndrome.? Certainly the book does not rule out Vitamin E (which it says seems to have the most proponents) or Magnesium.? Folate acid (a vitamin of the B complex) deficiency in pregnant women seems to exacerbate the condition.? This book was written with the help of 15 doctors, is extensive, but does not answer all of the questions.

More information: Support USA:? www.restlesslegs.org

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