Does Yellow Mustard Help for Leg Cramps?


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As of 2015, there is no credible medical evidence that yellow mustard can help treat leg cramps. Mayo Clinic suggests treating leg cramps with stretching exercises, massages, and warm showers or baths.

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Some websites, such as Health911, recommend ingesting a spoonful of mustard to treat leg cramps. These websites state that cramps may be caused by a deficiency in acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in muscle movement. Mustard contains acetic acid, which is necessary for the body's production of acetylcholine.

However, neither WebMD nor Mayo Clinic list any kind of mustard as a treatment for leg cramps. Stretching, staying hydrated and eating foods high in magnesium and calcium may prevent leg cramps, according to WebMD.

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