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Living with Restless Legs Syndrome

restlesslegssyndromeJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

It’s 3:00 a.m. and all you really want to do is get some sleep, but the uncontrollable need to move your legs makes sleep all but impossible. Known as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), this compelling desire to move often occurs at nighttime and at other times when the body is at rest, such as when sitting or lying down for an extended period. About 10% of Americans experience symptoms that some find hard to describe, an estimate that may be low as some may not realize that their irritating symptoms have a name. Unlike a muscle cramp or spasm, the symptoms of RLS are more akin to abnormal, very unpleasant sensations, often occurring in the legs, that are temporarily relieved by movement. The pelvis, lower back or neck, and the entire body can also be affected. Some, but not all, may also experience aching, throbbing or a crawling sensation. However, all consistently describe the inability to be still and rest, and the relief that comes with movement.

Although this neurological sensorimotor disorder occurs more often in women and is more common with increasing age, RLS can also develop during childhood, puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Many people who develop primary RLS have a familial genetic history. Risk factors for secondary RLS include a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, alcohol and caffeine use, and medical conditions, such as diabetes and anemia, as well as kidney and Parkinson’s diseases. Iron deficiency and certain medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines and pain medications, are also thought to play a role. RLS is a chronic condition currently without cure, so symptom management is critical to prevent poor sleep quality, insomnia related daytime drowsiness and overall poor health.

While no laboratory tests or imaging can diagnose RLS, self-diagnosis can identify the mild to severe characteristic symptoms:

  • Leg discomfort accompanied by an irresistible urge to flex or move the legs
  • Temporary relief that comes with movement
  • Symptoms that increase as evening approaches
  • Symptoms that worsen when resting or getting ready to sleep
  • Difficulty falling asleep due to inability to lie still and relax

Often those with RLS have another condition known as periodic limb movement disorder, symptomized by repetitive involuntary jerking movements, which can also disrupt sleep. RLS symptoms may appear occasionally or a few times a week, and in more severe cases, nightly or several times each day. Prescription medications that act on dopamine receptors in the brain may help some sufferers. Lifestyle changes may help those with mild symptoms deal with the discomfort:

  • Sedentary habits can trigger symptoms. Thirty minutes to one hour of daily activity that stimulates the legs is a practical solution that also supports dopamine production. Daily stretching or yoga is helpful. Walking at an easy pace appears to be more effective than more vigorous workouts. However, exercise late in the day should be avoided.
  • A warm relaxing soak in a tub or whirlpool helps the body and muscles to relax, effectively reducing symptoms. Add in two cups of Epsom salts, a natural anti-inflammatory that contains high amounts of magnesium sulfate, to help calm nerves and relax the muscles. Soak for 30 minutes a few hours before bedtime to aid restful sleep.
  • Deficiencies in vitamins C, D, and E are often seen in those with RLS. In addition to iron insufficiency, dopamine deficiency is a risk factor for RLS, as well as for Parkinson’s. As iron is essential for dopamine synthesis, those with anemia are prone to RLS. While it’s helpful for those with RLS to know their ferritin level, iron supplementation should only be undertaken under a healthcare provider’s recommendation.
  • Consider the possibility of food sensitivities, which can cause an autoimmune response that can trigger RLS. An exclusion diet can help to identity food sensitivities.
  • Eat whole foods high in magnesium, potassium and calcium to avoid electrolyte imbalances. Include foods such as leafy greens, avocado and sweet potatoes. Help keep blood sugar balanced by consuming unprocessed whole grains. B-complex vitamins are essential for neurological health and help to maintain normal nerve functioning. Beef, poultry, and seafood are good sources of iron and B vitamins. Consume healthy fats that can help lower inflammation linked to RLS.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to help support restful sleep and overall good health:

Magnesium Glycinate...Magnesium Glycinate by Douglas Laboratories – One serving provides 100 mg of bioavailable elemental magnesium in support of numerous physiological functions including normal heart, muscle and nerve function, bone health support and restful sleep. Gluten, soy, yeast, sugar and dairy free, vegan formulation.


B Complex PlusB Complex Plus by Pure Encapsulations – This exceptional formula provides a combination of B vitamins in optimal bioavailable forms in support of nervous system function, energy metabolism, hemoglobin formation and hormone synthesis. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


Super D3 (Vitamin E...Super D3 by Allergy Research Group – This synergistic formula provides bioavailable forms of vitamins D3, C and E in support of healthy blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Naturally sourced from sheep wool lanolin.


Cal/Mag/PotassiumCal/Mag/Potassium by Progena – This specifically formulated nutritional product supplies calcium, magnesium and potassium in support of healthy vascular function, healthy bone and kidney function and proper electrolyte balance. Gluten, soy, yeast and dairy free, vegan formulation.


Buffered Ascorbic...Buffered Ascorbic Acid by Pure Encapsulations – This product combines calcium, magnesium and potassium ascorbates to create a neutral pH vitamin C. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


Restless legs syndrome. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/restless-legs-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20031101
Tips for Better Sleep for RLS Sufferers. http://www.healthline.com/health/restless-leg-syndrome/sleep-tips
Restless legs linked to broken hearts. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/restless-legs-linked-to-broken-hearts-201209265338
14 Natural Ways To Deal With Restless Legs Syndrome. http://www.prevention.com/health/14-natural-ways-to-deal-with-restless-legs-syndrome

Stay Healthy with Vitamin C

vitamin_c2JacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Though essential to health, vitamin C is not synthesized within the body and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. As vitamin C is water soluble and not stored by the body, you need to get adequate amounts of this very important nutrient every day if you want to achieve or maintain optimal health. While it’s rare to be seriously deficient in vitamin C, evidence suggests that many of us may have low levels of this highly protective nutrient. And while scurvy, a potentially life threatening disease caused by severe vitamin C deficiency, has been largely eliminated, there has been a rise in the occurrence of deficiencies due to poor diets, eating disorders, and a diminishing ability to absorb the vitamin.

Alcohol and medications such as analgesics, antidepressants, oral contraceptives and steroids may all reduce vitamin C levels in the body. Smoking increases the risk of deficiency. Low levels of vitamin C are associated with health conditions such as high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, cataracts, some cancers and atherosclerosis.

What role does vitamin C play in health?

  • As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps to neutralize free radicals, thereby reducing some of the DNA damage that contributes to cellular aging. Its antioxidant properties also help protect vital molecules such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, DNA and RNA. Over time, the buildup of free radicals is believed to contribute to the development of health conditions such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
  • Vitamin C is necessary for the normal growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It functions as an essential cofactor in many enzymatic processes including adrenal gland function and the biosynthesis of collagen, carnitine and catecholamine.
  • Vitamin C has a role in both innate and adaptive immunity. It stimulates the production and function of white blood cells and protects the body against reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are generated by immune cells to kill pathogens. While vitamin C may not prevent colds, it is widely believed that children and adults with adequate daily levels of vitamin C have colds of shorter duration and with milder symptoms.
  • Vitamin C is believed to be cardio-protective in its ability as an antioxidant to slow the progression of atherosclerosis. Studies show that it may aid in keeping arteries flexible and may protect arteries against damage caused by plaque buildup. People with low levels of vitamin C may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or peripheral artery disease, all potential consequences of atherosclerosis.
  • Population based studies show that people who have high antioxidant diets have a lower risk of high blood pressure than those with poorer diets. If you are at risk for high blood pressure, a diet rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C is frequently recommended.
  • Evidence shows that people who eat diets rich in vitamin C are less likely to be diagnosed with arthritis, as the antioxidant properties of vitamin C appear to limit joint damage from free radicals. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production. Collagen is a normal part of cartilage, which cushions joints and aids joint function. Free radicals are believed to contribute to cartilage destruction, advancing the natural aging deterioration.
  • Along with the antioxidants zinc, beta-carotene and vitamin E, vitamin C acts to protect the eyes from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55.

What are the signs of vitamin C deficiency?

  • Chronic low energy
  • Gingivitis and tooth loss
  • Irritability or rapid mood changes
  • Bruising that occurs easily and lingers
  • Chronic limb, bone or joint pain or swelling
  • Anemia
  • Increased susceptibility to viruses or infections
  • Slow wound healing
  • Dry brittle hair
  • Rough, dry skin
  • Advanced aging of cells

To get the most benefit from supplemental or dietary sources of vitamin C, be sure to eat lots of raw or lightly cooked fruits and vegetables and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. There are many types of vitamin C supplements available. To find the right supplement for you, call or email Professional Supplement Center. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to assist you.

Great choices for supplementation include:

Ultra Potent-C 1000 mg
Ultra Potent-C 1000 mg by Metagenics – This supplement features a patented, proprietary blend of vitamin C delivered in a unique metabolite formula to enhance utilization, while preventing potential stomach upset. Gluten free, Non-GMO formula.
Buffered Ascorbic Acid
Buffered Ascorbic Acid by Pure Encapsulations – This product combines calcium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate and potassium ascorbate to create a neutral pH vitamin C. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.
Vitamin C with Flavonoids (C152)
Vitamin C with Flavonoids (C152) by Thorne Research – This synergistic formula provides 100% pure crystalline ascorbic acid with naturally occurring citrus bioflavonoids. Gluten, soy and lactose free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.
Natural C 1000 mg (7920)
Natural C 1000 mg (7920) by Douglas Laboratories – This product supplies 1000 mg of vitamin C along with rose hips and an additional bioflavonoid complex. Gluten and soy free, vegan formula.