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LoneBlogger LoneBlogger 51-55, M 9 Answers Jan 7, 2011

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I too get leg cramps after eating a banana or uncooked tomatoes. I have come to the conclusion that it is a mineral imbalance, although I don't understand what the imbalance is. I've eliminated bananas from my diet, and if I eat uncooked tomatoes, I take calcium and magnesium and a vitamin D tablet before going to bed. If I wake with a cramp coming on, I put a calcium tablet under my tongue and in a few minutes, it'll go away. Doesn't take good (it's a gel), but it gets the job done.

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Potassium, magnesium and calcium are all very close to each other in the Periodic Table of elements and therefore somewhat exchangeable in chemical reactions (an oversimplification but largely true in this case). All the potassium in the banana may be taking the place of magnesium or calcium in your mineral balance and causing the cramps. For me, it helps to take magnesium before bed, but for others calcium may be the element being crowded out. Experiment a bit to see if magnesium will work for you. It is known to help muscles to relax and might be causing the cramps if your mineral balance is thrown off by the banana.<br />
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Good luck.

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bananas take to long to get into your body and it would take more than a monkey eats to do much good drink a small shot of dill pickle juice and you will not have any problems with cramps do it every night or day and you will never have the cramps again

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That's enough for me to get cramps in my stomach!<br />
Do you move around a lot during the day? If not, get checked for DVT.<br />
If that's not the problem, get some quinine pills. They should fix the cramps.

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Hi! here are some tips you may want to follow! Hope it helps :-) <br />
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Eliminating the Cause of Night Cramps<br />
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Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day so that vitamins and minerals can adequately be absorbed in the body.<br />
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Stretch your legs every night. One way is to stand at a forward tilt about 30 inches from a wall, keeping your heels flat and steady. Slide your hands up the wall to lengthen the muscles in your legs. Hold for about a minute.<br />
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Maintain supple muscles by swimming or participating in water exercises.<br />
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Wear appropriate walking shoes and stay away from high heels.<br />
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Be sure that you are getting enough calcium, potassium, magnesium, and Vitamins E and A.<br />
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Include bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe and citrus fruits in your daily diet. These foods contain potassium, which <br />
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Read more: How to Eliminate Leg Cramps at Night | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2251662_eliminate-leg-cramps-night.html#ixzz1AQqIFYhL

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That is exactly the opposite of what scientific information and research has discovered.. Bananas are loaded with Potassium. Potassium is the chemical that enables muscles to relax stop flexing.

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Thats the wrong way round. When I get leg cramp I eat a banana and the cramp goes away

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do u have restless leg syndrome??do u have bad blood flow??do u sit alot??could be anything..i had terrible muscle cramps at night when i was pregant

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No clue. Bananas contain a lot of potassium though, maybe that is your reaction to potassium for some reason. Most people don't have that reaction from potassium so maybe you have a medical problem you're unaware of. See a doctor and find out. You could also search "potassium cramps" on google. Heck, I will do it for you. <br />
http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C466089.html summary:Low levels of certain minerals known as electrolytes—magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium—have long been linked to leg cramps. (Marathon runners sweating out the miles are particularly prone to this variety.) <br />
I also saw: Muscle cramps are common for athletes to experience. Potassium can easily prevent and treat these cramps from occurring. (conflicting info)<br />
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_low_potassium_cause_leg_cramps<br />
I doubt it, they say eating bananas causes you not to get cramps, but two days ago i had a banana milk shake for breakfast, a banana split later on that day, and a banana for a late snack, and i woke up with an awful leg cramp at around 2:00am, and i don't ever get leg cramps<br />
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ZKjkuoS1jOYJ:www.medicinenet.com/muscle_cramps/page2.htm+potassium+cramps&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us<br />
diuretics, can induce cramps by depleting body fluid and sodium. Simultaneously, diuretics often cause the loss of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which can also cause cramps.<br />
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-connection-between-leg-cramps-and-potassium.htm<br />
Several factors contribute to leg cramps, but one of the most common causes is a deficiency of potassium. The connection between leg cramps and potassium can be understood by looking at the physiology of the muscle cell, medical conditions which cause both leg cramps and potassium deficiency, and the role of potassium in preventing leg cramps.<br />
When a muscle contracts, sodium ions leave the muscle cell through specialized channels, and potassium ions enter the cell. If there is only a small amount of potassium ions, then relaxation of the muscle will be delayed. The result is a prolonged contraction of the muscle, causing sharp muscle pain and cramping.<br />
My response is that you should NOt get leg cramps after eating a banana, you should get fewer.<br />
I have a theory: TOO much potassium COULD cause cramps IF your body is trying to prevent the potassium from being used or inhibiting it because there is too much...?? or here is another theory: potassium like sugar, in high amounts, could have a "crash"--example: lots of sugar can make you hyper but then it also makes you tired. maybe lots of potassium prevents leg cramps but later also causes them.

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