10 Foods that Prevent Muscle Cramps

Don’t assume you’re safe from muscle cramps just because you don’t do strenuous exercises. You can suffer them even while sleeping.

Luckily, you don’t have tolive in fear of muscle cramps all the time. Eating (and drinking) the right nutrients can prevent or reduce the occurrence of muscle cramps. The foods that prevent muscle cramps below are rich in these nutrients.

Foods that Prevent Muscle Cramps

Eat these foods to prevent muscle cramps. Note that you can also use these foods to prevent cramps during menstruation.

10 Foods that Prevent Muscle Cramps

1. Bananas

Bananas are a good pre-workout snack to boost your energy and prevent cramps. They contain potassium, magnesium and calcium, all which help prevent cramps.

2. Water

You’re more likely to get muscle cramps if you do intense workouts without proper hydration. Drink water before and during your workouts. Aim for at least 1.5 to two liters of water a day, depending on how active you are.

Feel free to drink flavored water, since it contains electrolytes. Alternatively, you can drink water infused with fruitssuch as oranges, watermelon or strawberries.

3. Avocado

Avocado is one of those foods you should eat every day, due to its numerous health benefits. It’s perfect for preventing muscle cramps, since it contains a good amount of potassium.

Add it to your salads, smoothies, or eat it by itself. Remember to eat it in moderation since one large avocado can contain 400 calories.

4. Pickle Juice

Research shows that pickle juice can inhibit electrically-induced muscle cramps. The duration of the cramps was 49 seconds shorter when participants drank pickle juice instead of water.

Researchers don’t seem to agree on why pickle juice eases cramps. Some say it’s due to sodium, while others credit the benefits to the acetic acid in vinegar.

5. Watermelon

Eating watermelon will give you plenty of potassium and keep you hydrated. It may also interest you to know that watermelon is an excellent source of antioxidants that fight inflammation and oxidative stress.

Try this watermelon agua fresca to hydrate and load up on potassium before your next workout.

6. Fortified Orange Juice

Those looking to drop pounds know that juice is high in sugar and calories, but you don’t have to avoid it completely. In fact, drinkingfortified orange juice occasionally can prevent cramps, since it contains magnesium and calcium.

7. Sweet Potatoes

There are many ways to cook sweet potatoes, but if you’re trying to lower your calorie intake stick to roasting and boiling. A medium-size sweet potato will give you 12 percent of the potassium you need in a day.

8. Beans

Beans are not exactly the kind of food you want to eat right before a workout, but eating them at any other time will prevent the occurrence of cramps, thanks to their potassium and magnesium content.

9. Spinach

Did you know that spinach is one of the best sources of magnesium? It’s also a good source of calcium. Other dark leafy greens, such as broccoli and kale, may also be beneficial foods for preventing cramps.

10. Celery

Your body needs sodium for the normal flow of fluids and muscle contraction. Not only will celery give you this nutrient, but it’ll also keep you feeling full.

Have you used any of these foods to prevent muscle cramps?

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55 comments

Dorre R
Dorre R15 days ago

Apart from pickle juice, I consume all the above but can still get muscle cramps at night. Any other ideas?

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rachel r
Past Member 19 days ago

Thank you!

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Emma L
Emma L22 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Tabot T
Tabot T22 days ago

Thanks

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Christine Stewart

thanks

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Marija M
Marija M23 days ago

tks

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heather g
heather g24 days ago

I hope those are good tips because bananas and avocado don't seem to do the trick.

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michela c
michela c24 days ago

Thanks

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Tabot T
Tabot T25 days ago

Pickle juice works for my long bike rides

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Melanie St. Germaine

Thank you for sharing.

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