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Mustard and Leg Cramps

Has anybody else ever heard that mustard is good for cramps? Well I certainly never had until this afternoon. Today I learned that during the football games at school, it’s a common practice to give the players mustard when they are cramping. Mustard? I had no idea and when I asked, they didn’t seem to know why either.

So why should you eat a packet of French’s yellow mustard when your legs are cramping?

It is believed that mustard helps with cramping because of the turmeric. And it can’t be dijon, spicy, or honey mustard. It has to be yellow mustard. The turmeric, which gives mustard its yellow color, has anti-inflammatory properties which in turn, helps with muscle cramps. Studies have yet to prove this relationship and if somebody offered me a bottle of mustard to help with cramping, I might have to pass and tell them to come back at lunchtime. But if you’re interested in trying this home remedy, here is a four step process from I like Step 4 – carry packets of yellow mustard with you at all times.  At least I know when I’m out running and start cramping, I can go to the nearest McDonalds for a quick fix.

I guess mustard is good for things other than making a tasty sandwich…

Happy Trails and Happy Running,


PS: I will be writing about my VO2 max test tomorrow. But I will say this: it was a real confidence booster and I guess the past 11 years of working out have made my heart and lungs pretty darn efficient. 🙂

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pickles are also good for cramps!

    August 31, 2012
  2. TMT #

    Given my frequent problems with leg cramps I think I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for the info! Can’t wait to read about your VO2 max test.

    August 31, 2012
  3. alaine66 #

    Mustard? That is interesting. Thanks for sharing! I have just stuck to frozen pickle juice for cramps…but that’s mostly because I LOVE pickles.

    August 31, 2012
  4. runningonsober #

    I had never heard this. Very timely info, thanks!

    August 31, 2012
  5. Stacy Crovo #

    Muscle cramps are temporary contractions of the muscles and they usually appear during physical effort. The sensation is similar to the one you have when you feel a strong, involuntary tightening of the muscle group that you can’t control any more. There are many causes which bring about cramps, but they happen most often because of insufficient warming up before training. Good and correct warming up has two stages: the general one (cardio), for increasing the body temperature (running, cycling, etc.) and the specific one, during which the main joints and groups of muscles which will be involved in training are warmed up. It is enough not to give, from different reasons (rush, superficiality, ignorance), the necessary time or importance to one of these stages, and cramps can become a current phenomenon..

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    February 4, 2013

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