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Are There Supplements to Relax Tight Muscles?

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Martin Hughes is a chiropractic physician, health writer and the co-owner of a website devoted to natural footgear. He writes about health, fitness, diet and lifestyle. Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.
Are There Supplements to Relax Tight Muscles?
Numerous supplements may be helpful for relaxing tight muscles in your body. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Numerous supplements may be helpful for relaxing tight muscles in your body. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, tight, aching muscles are common, especially following vigorous exercise or physically demanding work. Tight muscles can also affect your ligaments, tendons and fascia, or the soft tissues that connect your muscles, bones and organs. Certain dietary supplements may help to relieve your tight muscles. However, before taking supplements, meet with your doctor to discuss possible side effects and proper dosage.

Arnica

Arnica may be an effective dietary supplement to help decrease your tight, aching muscles. According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, or MSKCC, arnica, also known as Arnica montana or mountain tobacco, is a member of the aster family. The fresh whole plant or flower heads of arnica are used medicinally. Dr. Sharol Tilgner, a naturopathic physician and author of the book "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth," states that arnica is used either internally or externally for musculoskeletal injuries such as ligament sprains, muscle strains, bruises, rheumatism and sore, tight muscles. According to the MSKCC, certain constituents may be responsible for arnica's effectiveness in treating health problems, including amines, polysaccharides, coumarins, flavonoids, terpenoids, carotenoids, phytosterols and tannins. Before taking arnica to help to relax your tight muscles, consult with your physician for proper dosage and possible side effects.

Magnesium

Magnesium may be a helpful dietary supplement to help to relax your tight muscles. The National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements, or ODS, states that magnesium is a trace mineral required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in your body. Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps your heart rhythm regular, supports your immune system and keeps your bones strong. Magnesium also helps control your blood sugar levels, regulates your blood pressure and synthesizes proteins. According to Dr. Russell B. Marz, a naturopathic physician and author of the textbook "Medical Nutrition From Marz," if you are deficient in magnesium, you may experience fatigue, irritability, weakness, elevated blood pressure, nerve conduction problems, loss of appetite, anxiety and muscle tightness or spasms. Before taking magnesium to help relax your tight muscles, consult with your doctor for proper dosage and possible side effects.

Kava Kava

Kava kava may be a beneficial dietary supplement for relaxing tight muscles. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, kava kava, also known as Piper methysticum, has been used for centuries by Pacific Islanders as a ceremonial drink. In addition to its ceremonial uses, kava kava is known for its relaxing qualities. Kava kava may enhance your mood, increase your feelings of well-being and contentment and reduce your insomnia. Tilgner states that kava kava is a sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and anti-fungal, and that this herb is used to relieve anxiety and stress, asthma and muscle tension. Kava kava may also be helpful for muscle spasms and inflammation or for certain musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia. The principle active ingredients in kava kava are called kavalactones. Before taking kava kava as a dietary supplement to treat your tight muscles, meet with your doctor to discuss possible side effects and proper dosage.

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