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Tums to Ease Leg Cramps

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Q. Let me share my remedy for leg cramps. I find that Tums give fast relief, better than a spoonful of yellow mustard. I keep a packet at the bedside and in my purse.

A. You are not the only reader to report that calcium supplements such as Tums can help counter cramps.

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Years ago, I was advised by a physician at UCLA medical school to take 2 - 3 500 mg calcium daily. I now take 3, one in morning, one at midday and one in evening. I only get leg cramps when I forget or don't have the calcium with me.

This physician said to take oyster shell calcium. There's some controversy about possible mercury content in this calcium but I'm not convinced and for now I'd rather not have debilitating leg

cramps.

Also, these days, the calcium also has vitamin D which seems to be OK!

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