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Can taking vitamin or mineral supplements help my rls?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Randy Baker
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