Leg cramps, muscle cramps, charley horses…whatever you call them, they’re painful. You’ll know as soon as you have one—it’s a sudden, involuntary contraction of the leg muscle (usually in your calf) that lasts a few seconds to several minutes. While common, they can potentially be avoided as long as you take the right steps (1).
As a registered dietitian, I have helped many people try and overcome leg cramps through their nutritional choices. And after reading this article, you will learn what causes leg cramps, which vitamin is best for leg cramps, and how to stop leg cramps immediately.