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Can taking vitamin or mineral supplements help my rls?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
In some cases yes...: If you have iron deficiency then iron may help. High doses of Folic Acid (5-10 mg/day) has been shown to help the familial form of RLS & RLS in pregnancy. Magnesium is also often helpful- i recommend magnesium taurate, glycinate or citrate in doses of 200 mg morning and bedtime. Further information is available at http://www.Lef.Org/protocols/neurological/restless_leg_syndrome_01.Htm.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Sometimes: Some studies link RLS to certain nutrient deficiencies. Taking a general multivitamin is safe for most people. It is also helpful to make sure you are eating plenty of fruits & vegetables and staying well hydrated with fluids that do not contain alcohol or caffeine. Blood tests can reveal iron, magnesium, B12 or folate (folic acid) deficiencies.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: B12, folate (folic acid) and if iron deficient, iron. Have levels checked. Making levels suprahigh are not helpful. Magnesium for leg cramps which is not rls.

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