In September, Outside interviewed Casey Boren, an elite Ironman Triathlon competitor. Prone to cramping, Casey explained that he has tried every remedy under the sun to combat his painful and debilitating cramps. In his words,
“Nothing works except slowing down and massaging the tight area and waiting for the cramping to go away, and then hope it doesn’t come back. Once I start cramping, the race stops being about my best performance and is reduced to simply finishing.”
Doing a quick online search will reveal two popular theories for why muscle cramps occur: dehydration and mineral imbalance. We’ve debunked these theories before in previous posts, but it never hurts to revisit the issue. As Boren pointed out to Outside Magazine, “I know it can’t be from dehydration and electrolyte issues, because I follow a strict protocol during a race to stay hydrated.”
In the October issue of Outside, author Peter Vigneron explored this concept further, explaining that, in the late 1990’s:
“[A] South African doctor named Martin Schwellnus theorized that distorted neural signaling between an athlete’s muscles and the spine was the true culprit [of cramps]. When you’re fatigued, he proposed, the motor reflex responsible for sending a “relax” signal to the spine becomes tired. When this happens, the “contract” signal keeps firing, and muscles become stuck.”
Unfortunately, this didn’t leave athletes with many options except to not push too hard and stop and stretch if a muscle cramp does strike.
Thankfully, research has progressed over the past two decades, and more is now known. Certain natural ingredients contain molecules called ion-channel activators, which trigger nerves in the digestive system. If you’ve ever had a brain freeze from eating cold food too quickly, you’ve experienced this in action. It is believed that some foods contain extremely potent activators that help your “relax” signal fire more effectively.
It is this research that lead to the formulation of ACV Cramp Cure. Our proprietary blend of all-natural ingredients has a “bite”, and it works to help relieve muscle cramps in less than 60-seconds. Athletes also find that drinking it before exercise can delay the onset of cramps and even prevent them all together. Try a free bottle of our home remedy for muscle cramps and restless leg syndrome today!