Mustard cures cramps?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I just lent a guest at the motel some mustard for his buddy who had leg cramps. The guest swears by it. He says he heard it from some "old-timer", and when he tried it, it worked almost instantly.
A quick Google search turned up the following from CorePerformance.com: www.coreperformance.com/
According to that page, the theories as to why it works are that mustard has (1) acetic acid, (2) turmeric, and (3) sodium, and that these could play a role in cramp-fighting powers.
I suffer from nocturnal leg cramps. Every few weeks, I will get BAD leg cramps while in bed. I don't know if I'll ever be able to stumble to the kitchen in time, but if I feel a cramp coming on and am within reach of the refrigerator, I may give this a shot. Anything is better than rolling around on the bed in pain while sobbing, right?
As an aside, I recently discovered that when my calves cramp, rotating my ankle from side-to-side (verses flexing up and down) seems to alleviate the cramps. I accidentally discovered this a couple months ago whilst rolling around in painful anguish, and ever since I've been able to stop the cramps before they start if I'm awake enough to feel them coming on.