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One problem with assessing cramp busters is that most contain more than one active ingredient. These three components have research linking them to cramp-busting potential: sugar, vinegar, and capsaicin (which gives chile peppers their heat).
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Keep a record of when cramps occur, then create a list of suspects, including heat and humidity, exercise type and intensity, food and liquid intake, psychological condition, and sleep hygiene, says cramp researcher Kevin C. Miller, Ph.D.
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Sleeping well, exercising regularly, and avoiding extreme temperatures and anxiety all help prevent cramps. But if