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    Hey all, my question is does anyone know of any suppliment thats good to take for muscle cramps. I get really bad ones in my legs, mostly the evening after working them out. I stretch and warm up before squat/legs, and also stretch in between sets. I 've been getting cramps in my feet and hands also. I drink plenty of water 3/4-1 gallon a day, my sodium intake maybe average, and the banana thing don't help me at all. The only supps. I'm taking in EAS protien powder and MMS liquid creatine serum. My diet is high protien; approx 60%pro 25%carb 15% fat. If you have any input to help out that would be great thanks in advance!!!

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    Yeah I get the same thing...sometimes kills when my feet cramp up during leg work or deadlifts. Your electrolytes are likely out of wack. Check out Poseidon as a decent supp to help this. I also think your diet is the cause. Your ratios look out of wack, you're not getting enough minerals and nutrients this way, and if your casein intake is too high, it blocks absorption of minerals.

    Also, you might want to get aldosterone tested by your doctor.
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    ditto on Poseidon; I used to get bad leg cramps at night, they went away when I started taking it at night before going to bed...
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    i also agree with the above statement, sodium is great but ur muscles (and whole body) work in a system of balancing. I dont know if anyone has read much about it but the amount of sodium increased should be increased with the same amount of potassium. Generally potassium solves this problem, it should also solve any instances of involuntary muscle spasms
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    is potassium or taruine better?
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    To increase potassium without adding more bananas, I eat a low-carb yogurt I get from kroger, if you have one. It only has 80 cal, 1.5f, 4 carbs, 12pro. It has a decent amount of potassium per serving and I generally eat 2 or 3 a day.
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    i get them as soon as i do leg curls, no other muscles cramp except my hamstrings just when i do leg curls lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by jef2007 View Post
    i get them as soon as i do leg curls, no other muscles cramp except my hamstrings just when i do leg curls lol
    Yeah that used to happen to me all the time until I started stretching them out a lot more. I also used to get cramps in my feet when doing barefooted deadlifts, or trying deads in my sandals.

    I also used to get bad calf cramps doing leg presses, and sometimes at night. These have mostly gone away by properly balancing my mineral intake and drinking more water regularly (and of course more stretching). The night time cramps (restless legs) is a different matter though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJbreed View Post
    is potassium or taruine better?
    taurine hands down
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    There are only theories as to why muscle cramps occur-no definitive answer yet which leads to roughly 8 different theories. A few off the top of my head are: fluid/electrolyte balance, dehydration, biomechanical inefficiency, one study with protein denaturation i believe, abnormal neural control.
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    I did tons of research on this when I was using Clen, cause I got THE WORST cramps ever at night. Both calves, both hamstrings, and entire abdomen... I seriously almost passed out! . Haha. Now I can laugh. Anyway... Nobody knows exactly what causes cramps. There are allot of diffent theories and possible causes. So, with that said here is what I did and I never got them again while doing this...

    Drink 1 1/2 gallons of water throughout the day, 6 grams of Taurine,, then Drink 1 Pedialyte about an hour before bed and finally take Vitamin E and ZMA before bed.

    Worked great for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rxp1997 View Post
    ditto on Poseidon; I used to get bad leg cramps at night, they went away when I started taking it at night before going to bed...
    ^ this
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    Magnesium Oil hands down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJbreed View Post
    is potassium or taruine better?
    I would use both
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    Magnisuim OIL
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    I use magnesium oil I it really calms down the muscle once it cramps.
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    coconut water. I was getting bad cramps when grappling and the coconut water solved the issue for me. Taste is pretty rough (IMO) but it works.

    Basically a boatload of potassium
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    Im taking stano-drol to help recomp and my hamstrings cramp up every time I do sprints for cardio. I drink at least a gallon of water a day, roughly a third of that is G2 gatorade mix. not sure if its the stano drol causing them but I sure would like to stop keeling over on the track!!
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    Try putting trace minerals in your water for cramping if your hydration is out of balance.
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    potassium loading will probably get you balanced...
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