Vitamins for Restless Legs

Many people take vitamins for restless legs syndrome. Because this condition often coincides with iron deficiency, kidney failure or diabetes, several remedies involving taking vitamins or supplements have become popular. Some of these restless leg syndrome vitamin plans are recommended by doctors; others are at this point only speculated to help. 

Iron
Its important to get your doctor's opinion on iron before you go mega-dosing, because too much iron can cause serious health problems. Ask your doctor to check your blood level of ferritin. While you may not be anemic, you may have low levels of ferritin, which is essential for storage of iron in the blood. Your doctor can help you determine how much iron you will need to take to bring your ferritin levels back up to normal. This may also relieve your restless legs syndrome symptoms.

Folic Acid
This B vitamin regulates nerve function. Because nerve damage or malfunction is related to restless legs syndrome, a supplement of B vitamins and folate in particular may help support your nervous system, relieving your symptoms. Again, don't self-diagnose. Ask your doctor to check your blood for signs of B vitamins deficiency. You can take 400 micrograms a day without worrying, but anything over that amount is best taken under your doctor's supervision, since too much folic acid can overshadow symptoms of anemia.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E supports your circulatory system. For those who suspect their restless legs syndrome is related to circulation problems-such as those who suffer from diabetes and restless legs syndrome-this is a sensible supplement to try. However, most doctors tend to think this supplement is not effective in treating RLS.

Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
Many people think they have restless leg syndrome, but later discover the real problem is leg cramping. Calcium, magnesium and potassium supplements will relieve leg cramps, so you might want to try this trio of vitamins to rule out the possibility of a misdiagnosis.

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