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Taurine for Muscle Cramps

Question:
Can taurine help reduce muscle cramps?
Woman in bed with leg cramp
Answer:
Taurine supplementation has been shown to reduce muscle cramps in people with cirrhosis (liver damage) and it may help reduce muscle pain after strenuous exercise. See the full answer for more details, including dosage and side effects.

For more information about the clinical evidence for taurine, and our tests and Top Picks among taurine supplements for people and pets, see ConsumerLab.com's Taurine Supplements Review.

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COMMENTS

Don17351   December 8, 2018
For years I have suffered extremely painful - and muscle damaging - calf and thigh cramps while asleep that would catapult me out of bed to walk off the rigid spasm. After upping taurine to 1000 mg 3X a day? NO MORE CRAMPS! Going on 2 weeks now, cramp free. Can hardly believe that the remedy was so readily available and cheap. PTL!

Bonnie17111   August 27, 2018
Having suffered nighttime leg cramps for decades, I recently tried avoiding caffeine after 3pm.
Surprisingly, great improvement!

Cathleen17110   August 27, 2018
Based on my personal experience over the last 18 months, 3 grams of Taurine taken in water daily has almost completely eliminated the muscle spasms I have experienced for several years as someone who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. No medications needed during that time; and only a general soreness in leg muscles a few times during summer heat waves. This is a HUGE improvements over previous years.

Rhonda17106   August 26, 2018
5 grams of d-ribose powder, dissolved in a little water, stops muscle cramps almost immediately.

ConsumerLab.com   August 27, 2018
Hi Rhonda - Thank you for sharing your experience with this. There is some preliminary evidence that ribose may help reduce exercised-induced muscle stiffness and cramping in people with with AMP deaminase deficiency (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1776826) although there do not appear to be studies on the effects of ribose supplementation for muscle cramps in general. You can find more information in the Encyclopedia article about ribose: https://www.consumerlab.com/tnp.asp?chunkiid=21860


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