BERLIN (dpa) – Muscle cramps are annoying and usually painful.
One common household remedy for cramps is to take magnesium. However, it has not been medically proved that taking the mineral helps.
Quinine is also often taken to deal with a cramp but once again there is no medical proof it works.
There are a few unwanted side-effects associated with quinine that can strain the pulmonary system, according to advice by the German health magazine “Gute Pillen – Schlechte Pillen” (Good Pills – Bad Pills).
Instead of taking nutritional supplements it is much better to lightly stretch the affected limb. Three minutes of exercise are usually enough to relieve a cramp.
If you sleep on your stomach, it’s also a bad idea to lie with your feet stretched and their upper sides resting on the mattress.
One solution is to move lower down the bed and dangle your feet over the edge so they can lie in a normal position.