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How do you stop hand cramps?

How do you stop hand cramps?

What vitamin is good for hand cramps?

No one single vitamin or mineral is thought to help with hand cramps. However, research has found potassium and sodium can possibly help prevent muscle cramps. Meanwhile, being deficient in magnesium (which we mentioned a bit further up), Vitamin D and certain B vitamins have been found to potentially contribute to cramping too.7

You could take a supplement to up these levels. Or you could eat certain nutrient-packed food that’s believed to help with muscle cramp. If you like the sound of this solution, take a look at this list of 10 anti-cramp foods below:

10 foods that may help with muscle cramp

  1. Avocados

Why? They contain potassium and magnesium, which act as electrolytes and help with muscle health. Our bodies need electrolytes to perform critical functions, such as muscle contraction. When they’re out of sync, symptoms, such as cramping, can happen.8

  1. Sweet potato

Why? They happen to contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which are all minerals that play a key role in muscle function. Just 200g of sweet potato contains more than 20% of the recommended daily allowance and almost 13% magnesium.9

  1. Watermelon

Why? Is made up of 92% water, which can help with staying hydrated and preventing dehydration that can prevent your muscles from contracting. When this happens, it can cause cramping to take place.10

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  1. Coconut water

Why? Just like avocado, is packed full of electrolytes. It’s also a good source of calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium and phosphorus, which can all reduce/prevent cramping.11

  1. Bone broth

Why? As broth is a liquid, it can help with hydration levels. More specifically, bone broth is an excellent source of magnesium, calcium and sodium, which may help prevent cramping.12

  1. Salmon

Why? It’s a rich source of protein, healthy anti-inflammatory fats and other nutrients that may help prevent muscle cramps, including B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It also contains Vitamin D, which is vital for muscle function too.13

  1. Fermented food

Why? Tend to contain high levels of sodium and other nutrients that may help reduce muscle cramps. Certain fermented food, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, are packed full of electrolytes too.14

  1. Sardines

Why? Because they can contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, Vitamin D and magnesium – all of the nutrients that can help prevent cramping.15

  1. Smoothies

Why? First up, they’re hydrating. Secondly, depending on what you put in them, they contain vitamins and nutrients that support your muscles and enable them to function properly. Good cramp-fighting smoothie ingredients include: frozen berries, almond butter, Greek yoghurt (more on this below) and spinach.16

  1. Greek yoghurt

Why? It contains all sorts of nutrients, such as potassium, phosphorous and calcium, which all have electrolyte functionality within our body. What’s more, Greek yoghurt is full of protein, which is needed for the growth and repair of muscle tissue.17

What else can you do to prevent hand cramps?

So far, we’ve mentioned looking into whether or not cramping may be a sign of a wider health condition, with a view to then hopefully solving the issue. You can also make sure you’re not deficient in certain nutrients and vitamins and, if you are, increasing them via the supplement route or food.

Last, but not least, these measures can also help prevent hand cramps18:

  • Stretching
  • Avoiding dehydration
  • Practicing muscle strengthening exercises
  • Taking part in low impact exercises, such as cycling, swimming or walking
  • Using the correct hand tools to avoid exerting excessive force

Plus, there are these home remedies too:

  • Stop doing any activities that make your hands cramp
  • Massaging or rubbing the muscles
  • Applying heat or cold to your hands/muscles

Stopping hand cramps comes down to what’s causing them. You may find it’s one thing in particular or several factors that are contributing to them. If you’re experiencing hand cramps and are concerned about them, speak to your GP as soon as possible, who will be able to help you identify the cause and best solution for you.

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.