Cramp Bark: A Wonder Ingredient for Leg Cramps – NZ Expert Commentary

A cramp bark plant with red berries surrounded by green leaves. Cramp Bark: A Wonder Ingredient for Leg Cramps.


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This article is a expert commentary published in the Pharmacy Daily magazine, written by Amit Saha, a Registered Pharmacist and the Head of Technical & Innovation at Crampeze. Mr. Saha offers an expert analysis delving into the diverse advantages of cramp bark, and how it can help prevent leg cramps:

“Cramp bark, scientifically known as viburnum opulus, is a native plant that is traditionally used for its medicinal properties. The name “cramp bark” is derived from its historical use to relieve muscle cramps and spasms.

Key Information on Cramp Bark Benefits

  1. Traditional use: cramp bark has been used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine, particularly by Native American and European herbalists, to alleviate various conditions such as menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, and other types of pain.
  2. Medicinal properties: the three primary active compounds in cramp bark are valerenic acid, salicoside, and scopoletin, all believed to have muscle-relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Menstrual cramps: one of the most common uses of cramp bark is to alleviate menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea. It is thought to work by relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus, thereby reducing the intensity of cramps and pain during menstruation.
  4. Muscle spasms: cramp bark’s muscle-relaxant properties extend beyond menstrual cramps. It has been used to alleviate general muscle spasms and cramps, whether they are due to physical activity, tension, or other causes.”

Preventing Leg Cramps with Crampeze NZ

Crampeze has created two products leveraging the properties of cramp bark, along with carefully chosen ingredients to support muscle function.

  • Crampeze – Crampeze is ideal for those suffering from chronic cramps or individuals who need cramp relief. In addition to magnesium and cramp bark, all current formulations include Rutin, Vitamin B6, and Ginkgo Biloba to support blood circulation to the peripheral areas of the body (legs, hands and feet).
  • Crampeze Forte – Crampeze Forte is perfect for those who suffer from occasional leg cramps. Containing magnesium and other ingredients like nicotinamide, feverfew extract, and vitamin B5, this leg cramp treatment is here to make your muscles sing with joy.

Learn more about our leg cramp relief formulations, including Crampeze, and Crampeze Forte. Here are some tips and advice on how to prevent leg cramps during exercising.

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