Magnesium CAN help restless leg syndrome.
A study published in Sleep, the Official Publication of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, suggests that magnesium therapy can be an effective treatment for restless leg syndrome (RLS).
More Info: This study was a limited pilot study evaluating sleep patterns of a few patients suffering from RLS; however, seven of the 10 patients evaluated showed marked improvement in sleep patterns with fewer wakings during the 6-week study. The promising results of the trial indicate that more extensive research should be done to study the pathophysiology of RLS and the use of magnesium therapy as a treatment for its symptoms.
What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?
Restless legs syndrome is a lifelong condition for which there is no definitive cure. RLS affects as many as 12 million Americans. There is evidence that family history plays a role in RLS in about 50% of the cases.
RLS may be under-diagnosed because patients do not seek treatment or misdiagnosed by physicians as nervousness, insomnia, or stress.
Though there is no one definitive treatment for the symptoms of RLS, there are many effective options to explore. For mild cases of RLS, lifestyle changes are often suggested. Eliminating caffeine, stopping smoking, and increasing intake of iron, folate, and magnesium may be suggested. For more severe cases, prescription medication may be offered. A trial of several therapy options may be required before finding what will work best for the patient.
In the United States, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is responsible for research in RLS. More information can be found on their website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm